The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Friday February 1, 2013
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM



Jonathan M. Katz

The Big Truck That Went By: A Talk With Jonathan Katz About Haiti and The Disaster Response


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Medford, MA 02144

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Three years ago, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti at the time, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In The Big Truck That Went By, Katz describes the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and the monumental--yet misbegotten--rescue effort that followed. Katz presents a hard-hitting investigation into international aid, uncovering where the important promises and relief efforts foundered. His findings reveal that the way many wealthy countries give today makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the billions made in pledges to Haiti and uncovers startling truths about how good intentions can go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter." Jonathan M. Katz was the 2010 recipient of the Medill Medal of Courage in Journalism and the 2012 winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for this book. He wrote and edited for the Associated Press for eight years in about a dozen countries and territories, three and a half years of which he spent living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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