The History Book Club discussion

355 views
WORLD HISTORY > HISTORY OF HAITI

Comments (showing 1-42 of 42) (42 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 18, 2010 10:22AM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Since the earthquake and listening to all of the news reports...I am not sure if some of you shared the same thoughts that I had to find out more about the history of this country.

This thread is a place to add books, references, urls, articles about the location, the people and the events of Haiti. This thread can also discuss current events in Haiti and the people trying to help the Haitian people. So it is a combination of history and current events.


message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy KidderTracy KidderTracy Kidder

"One of the people leading the rescue effort in Haiti is Dr. Paul Farmer, whose Partners in Health is by all reports one of the few functioning medical services left in the country. Farmer has been a longtime champion of AIDS victims and other public-health problems in the country. Tracy Kidder’s profoundly moving and inspiring account, Mountains Beyond Mountains, of Farmer’s work in the country is necessary reading for anyone wanting to understand what the Haitians have already faced and what one brave man was doing there before the world was galvanized into action."

Source for the above: write-up from The Daily Beast

Check out the article by Michelle Goldberg..also on The Daily Beast:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...

Link to Amazon's write-up on Kidder's book:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...


message 3: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
There is a film called The Agronomist.

Here it is on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...

Here is the Daily Beast's write-up:

"Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme has been fascinated by Haiti for years. His stunning documentary, The Agronomist, about civil-rights leader, journalist, and political activist Jean Dominique, who was assassinated in 2000, examines Haiti’s tortured efforts to find stability and democratic rule. Through his independent radio station, Dominique was one of the most outspoken critics of the autocratic regimes of “Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc,” and in Demme’s film his life becomes a prism to view Haitian history over the last 40 years."

Director: Jonathan Demme

He has done some other work on Haiti too...plus when you look at his other film credits..you will know his work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan...

Source: The Daily Beast
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...



message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 18, 2010 10:39AM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
This is a book about Toussaint Louverture

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...

"Think of a combination of George Washington, Robespierre, and Bolivar and you’ll get Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the only successful slave revolt in history that freed the Haitians from French and Spanish control. Little is known about his life, but novelist Madison Smartt Bell brilliant recreates the life and times of Louverture in his biography. Readers interested in Haitian history should also check out Smartt Bell’s superb trilogy about the revolution."

Source: TDB - check message 3

Toussaint Louverture A Biography by Madison Smartt BellMadison Smartt Bell Madison Smartt Bell

The Black Jacobins Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C. L. R. JamesC. L. R. James

Toussaint L'ouverture The Fight for Haiti's Freedom by Walter Dean MyersWalter Dean Myers Walter Dean Myers

Here is a kid's book:

Open the Door to Liberty! a Biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture by Anne F. RockwellAnne F. Rockwell

L'Ouverture's book:

The Haitian Revolution (Revolutions) by Toussaint L'ouvertureToussaint L'ouverture




message 5: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
This is a National Book Critics Circles award selection recommended by The Daily Beast;

"Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, is the mesmerizing story of Danticat’s and her family’s immigration from Haiti when she was a young girl and the tragic death of her uncle. It is a story as much as about coming to the U.S. as it is about remaining connected to her birth country and its remarkable culture."

Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat Edwidge Danticat

Source for write-up: TDB - see message 3


message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
From the Daily Beast - Gerald Posner recommends:

"Little Haiti in Miami might look like Port-au-Prince, but nothing captures the essence of the Rhode Island-size country than some great writers who spent years there gaining an affinity for the poverty-stricken strip of Caribbean sand. Graham Greene's 40-year-old classic novel, The Comedians, is about a world-weary hotelier in the darkest period of the Duvalier dictatorship. It’s a remarkably grim and moving look inside a country controlled by violence and corruption. Writer Herbert Gold first visited Haiti as a 22-year-old student in 1952. In his many subsequent trips over the years, he dined with Graham Greene, met Duvalier hooligans, had booze-soaked evenings with loose-lipped diplomats, ex-Nazis, and voodoo priests. The result is Gold’s Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth. Gold's entertaining Haiti is that of the country’s elite. Greene’s moving novel on the other hand captures the despair closer to the grind most Haitians have endured for far too long."

Write-up source: TDB - see message 3

Books Recommended:

The Comedians by Graham GreeneGraham Greene Graham Greene

Haiti Best Nightmare on Earth by Herbert GoldHerbert Gold


message 7: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 18, 2010 10:53AM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
The Daily Beast wrote:

Listen to Boukman Eksperyana

"One of the most important music bands in Haiti, their name is an echo of a revolutionary figure in the country’s history, and they played their own role in the democratic movement around Aristide in the early 1990s. Try their appropriately named album Revolution for an amazing mix of dance hall and political agitation."

Write-up source: TDB - message 3

Listen to Last fm radio free:

Boukman Eksperyans is a a mizik rasin band from the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The band derives its name from Dutty Boukman, a vodou priest who led a religious ceremony in 1791 that is widely considered the start of the Haitian Revolution. The other half of the band’s name, “Eksperyans”, is the Kréyòl word for “experience”, and was inspired by the band’s appreciation of the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Here is the link:

http://www.last.fm/music/Boukman+Eksp...

You can listen to last fm radio which plays Boukman Eksperyans and other like musicians and if you scroll down you can listen to other selections by this artist free. You can also create your own free playlists:

http://www.last.fm/music/Boukman+Eksp...


message 8: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Also:

The Rainy Season Haiti Since Duvalier by Amy WilentzAmy Wilentz

Here is the write-up from The Daily Beast;

"Amy Wilentz’s splendid book, The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier, vibrantly captures the unique flavor of Haiti and its tangled history. The book is 20 years old, and it focuses on the tumultuous era after the fall of “Baby Doc” Duvalier, but I have no doubt that reading it today would be as revealing and rewarding as ever.

Source for the write-up above is TDB - see message 3

Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...


message 9: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Here is an interesting article:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21619

"A Hidden Haitian World" by Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell Madison Smartt Bell


message 10: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 18, 2010 11:52AM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Haiti's Dictator: Poor Man's Exile: by Eric Pape

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...

Source: The Daily Beast

Another article - same author:

Baby Doc Speaks by Eric Pape

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...

Also:

"What Haiti Needs" by Amy Wilentz

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...

Amy Wilentz


message 11: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
HAITI DISASTER:

Articles from The Daily Beast:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/tag/hait...

FULL COVERAGE:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsmake...


message 12: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 18, 2010 12:51PM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
BILL CLINTON ARRIVES IN HAITI:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/0...

IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH TO REBUILD (MEET THE PRESS - BUSH/CLINTON/KING)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34894130/...



message 13: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
MSNBC - HISTORY OF HAITI:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34831414/...


message 14: by Kristen (last edited Jan 24, 2010 03:50AM) (new)

Kristen I Just finished up Toussaint Louverture (Vintage) by Madison Smartt Bell

Although I didn't much care for Bell's writing style, the story of Toussaint L'Ouverture is quite captivating!



message 15: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Thank you for giving us that input. Glad to know.


message 16: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (AussieRick) I came across this book today and needless to say I've ordered a copy; "Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution" by Laurent Dubois.

Avengers of the New World The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois by Laurent Dubois
Reviews:
"A stern and brilliant new book...The Haitian Revolution, in all its ugliness and brutality, was the response of the oppressed, indentured and enslaved to their unjust condition. And it is this whirling and chaotic world that Dubois so vividly brings to life in Avengers of the New World and so accurately deconstructs...Dubois starts this book about war with chapters about love, death, books and graveyards. His discussions of interracial love affairs and the attitudes of slaves both toward death among slaves and toward death among masters are riveting and eloquent. Indeed, Dubois' literary sensibility informs the book from start to finish, so that at its beginning as well as its end, the reader feels as if the story must be fiction, yet it is not...Dubois calls Haiti a nation 'founded on ashes,' and he has written splendidly about the fires, both political and cultural, that lit up the land during the days of revolution and that are still, in a sense, burning today." - Amy Wilentz (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"For those who wish to recall the dramatic events that led to the creation of the world's first black republic and the Western Hemisphere's second independent nation, I would strongly recommend Laurent Dubois's Avenger's of the New World...The story of Haitian independence is well known and has been told many times before, but Dubois's vigorous text brings the story to vibrant new life. The battles, personalities, and complex sociopolitical turmoil brought about in Haiti and elsewhere in the world, especially the slave-owning American South, are recalled with a depth and passion that makes this an invigorating work of historical writing." - Phil Hall (New York Resident)


message 17: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
That actually sounds like the kind of book I was looking for when the earthquake happened. I guess I really wanted to know what had brought Haiti to such disaster. Of course, the earthquake is a natural disaster but how the government and the services were fairly non existent with few resources was another.


message 18: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (AussieRick) Hi Bentley, It looked like a very good account and it has received some very good reviews, hence I could not restrain myself and ordered a copy!


message 19: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
You make me smile.


message 20: by Bryan (last edited Oct 04, 2010 12:33PM) (new)

Bryan Craig Thanks, A.R.

Many southerns in the U.S. were very concerned about this revolution as you can imagine. African-Americans taking up arms and then running a country??


message 21: by Bryan (last edited Aug 29, 2012 01:26PM) (new)

Bryan Craig The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon

The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804 by Philippe R. GirardPhilippe R. Girard

Synopsis

To a contemporary audience, Haiti brings to mind Voodoo spells, Tontons Macoutes, and boat people--nothing worth fighting over. Two centuries ago, however, Haiti, then known as Saint-Domingue, was the “Pearl of the Antilles,” France's most valuable overseas colony, the largest exporter of tropical products in the world, and the United States' second most important trading partner after England.

Haiti was also the place where in 1801-1802 Napoléon Bonaparte sent the largest colonial venture of his reign: the Leclerc expedition. His goal was to remove the famous revolutionary Toussaint Louverture from office and, possibly, restore slavery. But within two years, the remnants of Bonaparte’s once-proud army were evacuated in defeated, and Haiti declared its independence. This forgotten yet momentous conflict, in which lives were consumed by the thousands, is this book’s main focus.

In this ambitious monograph, Philippe Girard employs the latest tools of the historian’s craft, multi-archival research in particular, and applies them to the climactic yet poorly understood last years of the Haitian Revolution. Haiti lost most of its archives to neglect and theft, but a substantial number of documents survive in French, U.S., British, and Spanish collections, both public and private. In all, The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon relies on contemporary military, commercial, and administrative sources drawn from nineteen archives and research libraries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Due to its extensive archival basis, the book corrects the many factual inaccuracies that have plagued previous accounts. It also offers a more rounded view of the Haitian Revolution, going beyond mere military minutia to include the activities of U.S. merchants; the in-fighting within the French government; the diplomacy between both the French and revolutionaries with the United States, England, and Spain; and the lives of the maroons, women, and children caught up in the revolutionary struggle. This multidimensional work tells not only of barefoot black soldiers ambushing Bonaparte’s columns, but also of Rochambeau’s mixed-race mistresses, French child drummers, Jewish bankers in Kingston, weapon smugglers from Quaker Philadelphia, Polish artillerists, and African-born maroons struggling to preserve their freedom against both white and black opponents.

Equally groundbreaking is the book’s willingness to move beyond tidy ideological and racial categories to depict an Atlantic society at the crossroads of African and European influences, where Haitian rebels fought France while embracing its ideals. In the process, the reader is introduced to the extraordinary lives of multifaceted characters such as Wladyslaw Jablonowski, the son of a Polish woman and a black father who died fighting for France and white supremacy.


message 22: by Moloch (last edited Aug 29, 2012 03:31PM) (new)

Moloch I'm sure someone has mentioned it before, but I highly recommend the Haiti Trilogy by Madison Smartt Bell: it's historical fiction, really great

All Souls' Rising by Madison Smartt Bell
Master of the Crossroads by Madison Smartt Bell
The Stone That the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell

ETA: by Madison Smartt Bell


message 23: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Awesome, Moloch, don't forget to add an author:

All Souls' Rising by Madison Smartt Bell Master of the Crossroads by Madison Smartt Bell The Stone That the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell Madison Smartt BellMadison Smartt Bell


message 24: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (MsTaz) | 5711 comments Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation

Haiti The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation by Philippe Girard by Philippe Girard (no photo)

Synopsis:

Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally; Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foriegners' motives, many of whom doubt Hatians' ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti's current political instability is merely a continuation of political strife that began during the War of Independence (1791-1804). Finally, Girard explores poverty's devastating impact on contemporary Haiti and argues that Haitians--particularly home-grown dictators--bear a big share of the responsibility for their nation's troubles.


message 25: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) One of the most evil dictators in history, we often forget the terror he brought upon the people of Haiti.

Papa Doc: Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant

Papa Doc Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant by John Marquis by John Marquis (no photo)

Synopsis:

Dr. Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier, former self-appointed President-for-life of Haiti, was the most brutal tyrant of his time. His pervasive secret police, the Tontons Macoute, were literally connoisseurs of terror. For more than three decades, they struck terror into the impoverished people of Haiti, in the most macabre way. In this outstanding account of Duvalier's life, the full horror of the Haitian nightmare is laid bare. Disappearances of entire families in the night, public execution of political foes, summary killings of the peasantry and a succession of failed assassinations on Duvalier's life, provide the theme of a demon-possessed president. 'Papa Doc' was the embodiment of evil in the most sinister form. There was voodoo and his own involvement in strange rites, his apparent supernatural powers and reputed immortality. Using voodoo to suppress an entire nation of 7 million souls, 'Papa Doc' became the political ogre of the age, a trained country doctor transmuted by power into a sinister killer his people considered indestructible. He exuded this evil image even in his appearance. He dressed always in dark apparel, from top to toe; he appeared funereal promoting death rather than life. His propensity for Machiavellian intrigue and ruthlessness was limitless. Using a spy trial in Port-au-Prince in 1968 as the foundation of this electrifying tale, the bewitching and terrifying reality of Duvalier's Haiti, the author reveals a spellbinding account of the macabre regime in one of the world's most haunted lands


message 26: by Peter (new)

Peter Flom Jill wrote: "One of the most evil dictators in history, we often forget the terror he brought upon the people of Haiti.

Papa Doc: Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant

[bookcover:Papa Doc: Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant..."


Haiti has one of the saddest histories of any country, I think.


message 27: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig I know, Peter, it is horrible. The corruption is huge and then you throw in all the soil erosion and deforestation (floods and mudslides) due to no management, and it just gets worse.


message 28: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) Then along came "Baby Doc". The Duvalaliers had a hold on Haiti long enough to reduce it to what it is today.


message 29: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) Haiti conjures up voodoo and this book gives a participant's bird's eye view inside this sometimes horrifying cult.

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica

Tell My Horse Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston by Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston

Synopsis

As a first-hand account of the weird mysteries and horrors of voodoo, "Tell My Horse" is an invaluable resource and fascinating guide. Based on Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica, where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer of voodoo practices during her visits in the 1930s, this travelogue into a dark world paints a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies and customs and superstitions of great cultural interest.


message 30: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution

Toussaint's Clause The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution by Gordon S. Brown by Gordon S. Brown (no photo)

Synopsis:

In its formative years, America, birthplace of a revolution, wrestled with a volatile dilemma. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and many other founding fathers clashed. What was to be the new republic's strategy toward a revolution roiling just off its shores?

From 1790 to 1810, the disagreement reverberated far beyond Caribbean waters and American coastal ports. War between France and Britain, the great powers of the time, raged on the seas and in Europe. America watched aghast as its trading partner Haiti, a rich hothouse of sugar plantations and French colonial profit, exploded in a rebellion led by former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture.

Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution narrates the intricate history of one of America's early foreign policy balancing acts and one of the nation's defining moments. The supporters of Toussaint's rebellion against France at first engineered a bold policy of intervention in favor of the rebels. But Southern slaveholders, such as Jefferson, eyed the slave-general's rise and masterful leadership skills with extreme alarm and eventually obtained a reversal of the policy-even while taking advantage of the rebellion to make the fateful Louisiana purchase.

Far from petty, the internal squabbles among America's founders resolved themselves in delicate maneuvers in foreign capitals and on the island. The stakes were mortally high-a misstep could have plunged the new, weak, and neutral republic into the great powers' global war. In Toussaint's Clause, former diplomat and ambassador Gordon S. Brown details the founding fathers' crisis over Haiti and their rancorous struggle, which very often cut to the core of what America meant by revolution and liberty.


message 31: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery

You Are All Free The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery by Jeremy D. Popkin by Jeremy D. Popkin (no photo)

Synopsis:

The abolitions of slavery in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue in 1793 and in revolutionary France in 1794 were the first dramatic blows against an institution that had shaped the Atlantic world for three centuries and affected the lives of millions of people. Based on extensive archival research, You Are All Free provides the first complete account of the dramatic events that led to these epochal decrees, and also to the destruction of Cap Francais, the richest city in the French Caribbean, and to the first refugee crisis in the United States. Taking issue with earlier accounts that claim that Saint-Domingue's slaves freed themselves, or that French revolutionaries abolished slavery as part of a general campaign for universal human rights, the book shows that abolition was the result of complex and often paradoxical political struggles on both sides of the Atlantic that have frequently been misunderstood by earlier scholars.


message 32: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) Tonton Macoute

One of the most feared people in Haiti were the tonton macoute, the secret police that "Papa Doc" Duvalier utilized during his suppression of the island nation. Here is a quick history of that organization.

The Milice Volontaires de la Sécurité Nationale (MVSN), or the (Militia of) National Security Volunteers was a Haitian paramilitary force founded in 1958 to defend the autocratic and corrupt regime of François "Papa Doc" Duvalier. The MVSN, commonly known as the Tonton Macoutes, was notorious for corruption and brutality.

In Haitian Creole mythology, Tonton Macoutes was a bogeyman who kidnapped errant children in the night and stored them in his knapsack. Those who were kidnapped, it was said, were never seen again. Appropriately, the name was applied to the MVSN when many Haitians who spoke out against Duvalier's increasingly corrupt regime were frequently kidnapped in the middle of the night and would disappear forever.

After surviving an attempted coup in 1958 and growing increasingly paranoid, Duvalier reorganized the existing Haitian army by firing generals and transferring the army's weaponry and ammunition to the palace. In control of the country's military resources, Duvalier created a loyal force of armed men that became his personal militia, the Tonton Macoutes. Duvalier's long-time friend Clément Barbot recruited and administered the militia until 1960, when Duvalier arrested him on suspicion of dissent. By 1963, the Macoutes were under Duvalier's personal control.

It is estimated that in 1959, as many as 25,000 Haitians were members of the Tonton Macoutes. The majority of militiamen were black. Their trademark attire was dark glasses, expensive clothes, and gun-filled holsters. While some of the militiamen were peasants or houngan (localized voodoo priests) who already commanded the respect of their community, many poorer militiamen capitalized on their newfound powerful position. The Tonton Macoutes terrorized the local population, stealing land and money and raping women. But while self-interest prevailed, the Macoutes also served to create and bolster recruitment, mobilization, and patronage for Duvalier's regime.

When Duvalier's son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, succeeded his father in 1971, he asserted that the Tonton Macoutes would remain the country's militia. They continued to terrorize, spreading out further into the countryside. By 1986, however, it was apparent that the militia's loyalty to "Baby Doc" had faded. When Jean-Claude was forced to flee the country due to civil unrest, the Macoutes remained relatively passive.

The fall of Duvalierism resulted in the disbanding of the MVSN. Some of the former Tonton Macoutes fled the country while many who remained were subject to violent reprisal. In the subsequent elections in 1986, ex-Tonton Macoutes allegedly fired at voters, killing 34, and continued to rebel during the period of political turmoil up until 2000
.(Source: http://www.blackpast.org/gah/tonton-m...)


message 33: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Thank you Jill


message 34: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 20, 2015 03:48PM) (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Haiti The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois by Laurent DuboisLaurent Dubois

Synopsis:

A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history.

Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois makes clear, Haiti's troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The country's difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution—the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the colonial powers surrounding the island nation; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its promise.

Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 uprising. He details how the crushing indemnity imposed by the former French rulers initiated a devastating cycle of debt, while frequent interventions by the United States—including a twenty-year military occupation—further undermined Haiti's independence. At the same time, Dubois shows, the internal debates about what Haiti should do with its hard-won liberty alienated the nation's leaders from the broader population, setting the stage for enduring political conflict. Yet as Dubois demonstrates, the Haitian people have never given up on their struggle for true democracy, creating a powerful culture insistent on autonomy and equality for all.

Revealing what lies behind the familiar moniker of "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," this indispensable book illuminates the foundations on which a new Haiti might yet emerge


message 35: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments An upcoming book:
Release date: August 25, 2015

Contrary Destinies: A Century of America's Occupation, Deoccupation, and Reoccupation of Haiti

Contrary Destinies A Century of America's Occupation, Deoccupation, and Reoccupation of Haiti by Leon D. Pamphile by Leon D. Pamphile (no photo)

Synopsis:

In 1915, United States Marines arrived in Haiti to safeguard lives and property from the political instability of the time. While there, the Marine Corps controlled everything from finance to education, from health care to public works and built an army, oLa Garde dAEHaiti,o to maintain the changes it implemented. For one hundred years, the decisions made by the United States about and for Haiti have, for better and worse, indelibly shaped the development of what is generally considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In Contrary Destinies , Leon Pamphile chronicles the internal, external, and natural forces that have shaped the nation as it is today, striking a balance between the realities faced by the people on the island and the global and transnational contexts that affect their lives. He examines how American policies toward the Caribbean nation - during the Cold War and later as the United States became the sole world superpower - and the legacies of the occupation contributed to the gradual erosion of Haitian independence, culminating in a second occupation and the current United Nations peacekeeping mission.


message 36: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments Plunging Into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy

Plunging Into Haiti Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy by Ralph Pezzullo by Ralph Pezzullo (no photo)

Synopsis:

For much of the early 1990s, Haiti held the world's attention. A fiery populist priest, Jean Bertrand Aristide, was elected president and deposed a year later in a military coup. Soon thousands of desperately poor Haitians started to arrive in makeshift boats on the shores of Florida. In early 1993, the newly elected Clinton administration pledged to make the restoration of President Aristide one of the cornerstones of its foreign policy. But that fall the U.S. let supporters of Haiti's ruling military junta intimidate America into ordering the USS Harlan County and its cargo of UN peacekeeping troops to scotch plans and return to port. Less than a year later, for the first time in U.S. history, a deposed president of another country prevailed on the United States to use its military might to return him to office.

These extraordinary events provide the backdrop for Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy--Ralph Pezzullo's detailed account of the international diplomatic effort to resolve the political crisis. Through his father, Lawrence Pezzullo, who served as the U.S. special envoy to Haiti, Ralph Pezzullo gained access to important players on all sides. He tells the story of talented, committed men and women from the United States, France, Argentina, and Haiti who dedicated themselves to creating an outcome that would benefit Haiti and the rest of the world. With the energy of a political thriller, "Plunging into Haiti" fleshes out the central political struggle with threads of Haitian history and will engage readers with a general interest in Haiti as well as students of foreign policy. Using his unique perspective and access, Ralph Pezzullo covers the aftermath of the Clinton administration's diplomatic maneuvers to show an island still in turmoil.


message 37: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President

An Unbroken Agony Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson by Randall Robinson (no photo)

Synopsis:

On February 29, 2004, the first democratically elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced to leave his country. The president was kidnapped, along with his Haitian-American wife, by American soldiers and flown to the isolated Central African Republic. In An Unbroken Agony, best-selling author and social justice advocate Randall Robinson chronicles his own cross-Atlantic journey to rescue the Haitian president from captivity in Africa while also connecting the fate of Aristide’s presidency to the Haitian people’s century-long quest for self-determination.


message 38: by Teri (new)

Teri (teriboop) Haiti Return to God

Haiti, Return to God by Odule Bitol by Odule Bitol (no photo)

Synopsis:

People around the world are asking, "What is going on in Haiti?" Today, I want to help you understand the reality that exists in the country. Haiti, like the country of Wales in 1904, has been going through very difficult times and a spiritual war is raging throughout the country. God almighty sent provisions for the Welsh to come out of the darkness with a mighty revival, just as He did on the day of the Pentecost, to start a new history for that nation. God will do the same for Haiti. My goal, with your support of prayer, is to create a new history for the island nation of Haiti. I seek to bring the knowledge of God to the country so that they may come out from under the hand of the Devil. When King Nebuchadnezzar was seeking to find the right answers for the future, they were found above. The problem of our nation and nations around the world is not social or material, but spiritual. God was the answer and He still is today, tomorrow and forever. We must return to God because He is the answer. I pray that God continues to bless you and give you joy from this book. I want to seize this opportunity to give thanks to my family, especial my wife Myrlene and all my children, as well as each one of my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and my friends for being there for me and every aspect of my life when I really needed you the most. Also, my deep thanks to my publisher, Xulon Press. I pray that God almighty will bless each and every one of you in every aspect of life. Thank you so much!


message 39: by Teri (new)

Teri (teriboop) Haiti After the Earthquake

Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer by Paul FarmerPaul Farmer

Synopsis:

On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Within three days, Dr. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured.In this vivid narrative, Farmer describes the incredible suffering--and resilience--that he encountered in Haiti. Having worked in the country for nearly thirty years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake--the very issues that make it an "unnatural disaster." Complementing his account are stories from other doctors, volunteers, and earthquake survivors.

Haiti After the Earthquake will both inform and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against the profound economic and social injustices that formed the fault line for this disaster.


message 40: by Jerome (new)

Jerome | 3932 comments An upcoming book:
Release date: November 22, 2016

Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life

Toussaint Louverture A Revolutionary Life by Philippe Girard by Philippe Girard (no photo)

Synopsis:

Toussaint Louverture’s life was one of hardship, triumph, and contradiction. He was born a slave on Saint-Domingue yet earned his freedom and established himself as a small-scale planter. He even purchased slaves of his own.

Philippe Girard shows how Louverture transformed himself from lowly freedman into revolutionary hero as the mastermind of the bloody slave revolt of 1791. By 1801, Louverture was governor of the colony where he had once been a slave. But his lifelong quest to be accepted as a member of the colonial elite ended in despair: he spent the last year of his life in a French prison cell. His example nevertheless inspired anticolonial and black nationalist movements well into the twentieth century.

Based on voluminous primary-source research, conducted in archives across the world and in multiple languages, Toussaint Louverture is the definitive biography of one of the most influential men in history.


message 41: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 37385 comments Mod
Jerry we allow no self promotion.


message 42: by Simon, HBC Administration - Web Integration (new)

Simon Taylor | 30 comments Mod
Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War

Stripping Bare the Body Politics, Violence, War by Mark Danner by Mark Danner (no photo)

Synopsis:

For the past two decades, Mark Danner has reported from Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans, and the Middle East. His perceptive, award-winning dispatches have not only explored the real consequences of American engagement with the world, but also the relationship between political violence and power. In Stripping Bare the Body, Danner brings together his best reporting from the world's most troubled regions--from the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti to the tumultuous rise of Aristide; from the onset of the Balkan Wars to the painful fragmentation of Yugoslavia; and finally to the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the radical, destructive legacy of the Bush administration.At a time when American imperial power is in decline, there has never been a more compelling moment to read these urgent, fiercely intelligent reports.


back to top

unread topics | mark unread


Books mentioned in this topic

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (other topics)
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (other topics)
Toussaint Louverture: A Biography (other topics)
The Haitian Revolution (other topics)
Open the Door to Liberty!: A Biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture (other topics)
More...

Authors mentioned in this topic

Tracy Kidder (other topics)
Toussaint L'Ouverture (other topics)
C.L.R. James (other topics)
Madison Smartt Bell (other topics)
Walter Dean Myers (other topics)
More...