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Even the measures of food were confusing and FEMA had no way of understanding what was going on. The Red Cross talked about pounds of food, while others were talking about pallets. We preferred to talk about meals, which was actually what ...more
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Written with a lot of attention to detail and obvious care for the subjects, in some ways reminding me of certain Dave Eggers books, say Zeitoun.
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Haunting and charming. Full of imagery of the land and its people, and also of deep complex feelings of of belonging and loss.
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“The clear lesson of New England’s history is that when there are not enough suitable men around to run the world, women are perfectly capable of doing so.”
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“Even the measures of food were confusing and FEMA had no way of understanding what was going on. The Red Cross talked about pounds of food, while others were talking about pallets. We preferred to talk about meals, which was actually what FEMA’s contracts specified. All these counts went into a big Excel spreadsheet that FEMA maintained and emailed every day. At the bottom of the spreadsheet, the total count of food was supposed to be there for everyone to see. Instead, the count was a calculating error because there was no standard unit of food that everyone used. If FEMA couldn’t manage a spreadsheet, how could it manage an emergency?”
José Andrés, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time

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