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Beverly Bell, an activist and award-winning writer, has dedicated her life to working for democracy, women's rights, and economic justice in Haiti and elsewhere. Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of January 12, 2010, that struck the island nation, killing more than a quarter-million people and leaving another two million Haitians homeless, Bell has spent much of her time ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published May 13th 2013 by Cornell University Press (first published March 1st 2013)
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Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for anyone considering a trip to Haiti – or any developing nation, for that matter. Actually, Ms. Bell’s book should be required reading for high school or college social studies/global studies/economics/political science or anthropology class. Perhaps it should be required reading for everyone.

Ms. Bell addresses, with clarity, the now well known fact that billions of dollars in donations received after the January 12th, 2010 earthquake in Haiti have never m

Review by Augusta Dwyer

The Haiti earthquake of 2010 has inspired rather a lot of books and articles describing personal experiences of its extraordinary destruction -- or maybe it seems like a lot to me because I research on the effects of development aid and philanthropy in a nation that seems to lurch from one disaster to the next without some, if any, signs of progress.

Now, with Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide, author and activist Beverly Bell
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a political book, but all of life is political and it's too easy to forget that sometimes. I read The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism just recently, which provided an overview of neoliberalism and disasters and thus set the stage for Fault Lines, which provides a very specific case-study of Haiti post-earthquake. A very personal analysis of the aid economy and the way it failed average and poor Haitians during "reconstruction." I appreciated the framework of hope and sugg ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book before a trip to Haiti, before lending a hand to any individual or group of people that have been marginalized by oppressive systems in any way, or before doing the necessary work of actively listening to anyone whose reality is not something you've experienced. This is an absolutely necessary text for anyone looking to commit to lifelong social justice activism and action-oriented solidarity, whether in Haiti or anywhere else.
Paul W.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Haiti comes and goes on the western world’s collective radar. The 2010 earthquake brought Haiti’s struggle to the attention of the world. Beverly Bell’s book, "Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide", tells the post earthquake story in Haiti from the perspective of those that suffered most directly from the catastrophic damage and then suffered the added indignity of a totally misdirected disaster response. As Bell points out, “the disaster aid was an aid disaster”.

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Ruxandra Guidi
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ruxandra by: Ruxandra Guidi
Beverly Bell's "Fault Lines" captures -- like no other book out now -- what the real impacts of the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake were on Haiti, a country with an unfortunate history of natural and man-made disasters. But perhaps the best thing about "Fault Lines" is her open challenge to stereotypes about the country, the culture, and its people. Bell's voice and perspective is unique: she has spent much of her life getting to know Haiti, and she has been invested in hearing directly from Haiti ...more
Augusta Dwyer
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In many ways it doesn't matter how many books you've read about Haiti. People who really want to know about this country and its people should read this one too. Fault Lines is the only book of the many I've read that brings to the fore the voices of average people, people who are working moreover to make their nation a better one and make their society more equitable. At the same time, Beverly Bell is a great writer. Along with the fascinating stories she tells, her prose style makes this a boo ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-book-club
it felt more like a book i would read in school than for fun...but well researched, informative, and thought provoking. she did seem to be on the PIH bandwagon, to the extent i wonder if she worked for them at any point...overall she had some interesting things to say, but some of it felt paired down/overly simplified.
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The founder of Other Worlds and more than a dozen international organizations and networks, Beverly is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Beverly has worked for more than three decades as an organizer, advocate, and writer in collaboration with social movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. Her focus areas are just economies; democratic participat ...more

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