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We Fed an Island: The True Story of…

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a…

by José Andrés

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I was eager to learn more about José Andrés's time in helping to feed and rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island and the appalling response by the US government. Someone or something needed to step up, and Andrés was one of many who did. Here we've got Andrés's own words as to what he did and how, what he saw and what he learned.

Andrés drops us in the middle of things as he outlines the immediate aftermath of Maria and how barriers and hoops he had to navigate. The devastation, the frustrating red tape, the dire need to address what is still happening and how completely inadequate the Trump administration has been towards addressing Puerto Rico. In fairness this is something that has been inherited but all the same we know why Trump is completely uninterested.

That said, I agree with the negative reviews of the book. Overall Andrés does do a good job in explaining how hard and difficult it is and it's frustrating to read what Andrés has seen and what Puerto Ricans are going through. But Andrés needed a better co-writers and/or editor. Some parts are very interesting and informative, but there are plenty of sections that are too long-winded and/or could have used help in better conveying the point.

Still glad I read it, though. It's clear that US people need to find a way to get the government to actually help PR and I'm glad Andrés wrote a book to keep this in the news. I borrowed it from the library and that was best for me. ( )
  acciolibros | Oct 27, 2018 |
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