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Haiti After the Earthquake

Nonfiction: Natural Disasters / Politics / Current Events
Unabridged   14 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/16/2011

An AudioFile Best Audiobooks of the Year Selection and Earphones Award Winner!

Haiti After the Earthquake

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611744248
Digital Download ISBN:9781598873702


A vivid first-hand account of an epic catastrophe—and a powerful call to action—from a celebrated physician famous for his work in Haiti.

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On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now their project was transformed into a massive international rescue and relief effort.

In his own words, Farmer documents this effort, including the harrowing obstacles and the small triumphs. Despite an outpouring of aid, the challenges were astronomical. U.N. plans were crippled by Haiti’s fragile infrastructure and the death of U.N. staff members who had been based in Port-au-Prince. In chronicling the relief effort, Farmer draws attention to the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to this natural disaster.

Yet Farmer’s account is not a gloomy catalog of impenetrable problems. As devastating as Haiti’s circumstances are, its population manages to keep going. Farmer shows how, even in the barest camps, Haitians organize themselves, creating small businesses such as beauty parlors. His narrative is interwoven with stories from Haitians themselves and from doctors and others working on the ground. Ultimately this is a story of human endurance and humility in difficult circumstances and seemingly overwhelming odds.


“Eric Conger captures . . . the bold yet restrained compassion that fills Farmer’s account. . . . Edwidge Danticat and Michele Montas-Dominique deliver passionate readings of their works. Joia S. Mukerjee . . . resonates with anger on behalf of her country. Meryl Streep and Edoardo Ballerini give commanding and sensitive performances . . . . Farmer’s vision for ‘building back better’ and the hope and commitment of his colleagues and friends remain indelible.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award winner]

“Eric Conger effectively captures Farmer’s range of emotions. . . . Meryl Streep provides a gentle maternal touch to several of the accompanying narratives and shines as Farmer’s wife. . . . Edwidge Danticat provides a memorable performance.”
      —Publishers Weekly [starred review]

“Highly recommended for anyone interested in knowing more about this proud nation trying to recover from natural disasters and years of dysfunction.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“A gripping recollection of the quake’s ruin, chaos, and despair, and the story of remarkable persistence, hope, and love in the aftermath. Once you’ve seen Haiti through Paul Farmer’s eyes, you’ll never see Haitians, or any of the world’s poorest people, quite the same way again.”
      —President Bill Clinton

“Farmer’s clarion and moving chronicle is followed by powerful essays by other [voices].”

“A searing firsthand account of the earthquake and its aftermath. . . . An eye-opener of a report and a wake-up call that change is needed.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

“The uniqueness of Farmer’s . . . contribution to this new stage of Haiti’s history is the piercing historic and social/political dimensions he offers.”
      —The Globe and Mail

“The importance of this volume cannot be overstated..”
      —Washington Post

Author Bio

PAUL FARMER is the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-founder of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius award.”

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