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The Uses of Haiti (3rd Edition) (original 1994; edition 2005)

by Paul Farmer, Jonathan Kozol (Foreword), Noam Chomsky (Introduction)

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The Uses of Haititells the truth about uncomfortable matters--uncomfortable, that is, for the structures of power and the doctrinal framework that protects them from scrutiny. It tells the truth about what has been happening in Haiti, and the US role in its bitter fate.--Noam Chomsky, from the introduction In this third edition of the classicThe Uses of Haiti, Paul Farmer looks at what has happened to the health of the poor in Haiti since the coup. Winner of a McArthur Genius Award,Paul Farmer is a physician and anthropologist who has worked for 25 years in Haiti, where he serves as medical director of a hospital serving the rural poor. He is the subject of the Tracy Kidder biography,Mountains Beyond Mountains.… (more)
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Title:The Uses of Haiti (3rd Edition)
Authors:Paul Farmer
Other authors:Jonathan Kozol (Foreword), Noam Chomsky (Introduction)
Info:Common Courage Press (2005), Edition: 3, Paperback, 475 pages
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Originally released in the early 1990s after the first coup again Jean-Bertrand Aristide, The Uses of Haiti gives an overview of the country's history and how it has been systematically denied status and any true democracy. It explains eloquently why the country has often been ruled by dictators, the simple answer being that they were funded and trained by countries like the United States. Farmer, a doctor who has treated Haiti's poorest people since the early 1980s, then tells three stories of patients and relatives of patients and how they have each suffered from the way Haiti has been abused. Whether through health (hint, Haiti didn't spawn AIDS, it came to the country from the north), torture, or death. it's something of a miracle that Haiti still exists as a country and speaks to the enduring spirit of her people.
Updated in the early 2000s, we learn not that much had changed. Since the book was published, Aristide was again elected president, and again removed under questionable circumstances.
If you want to get a sense of what the country has endured, read this book. Especially now after the earthquake, I can only imagine things are still at least like this. ( )
1 vote quantumbutterfly | Aug 16, 2010 |
The first part of the book could be called 'A People's History of Haiti' since it so resembles the intent and style of Howard Zinn's wonderful classic 'People's History of the United States.' The second part of the book tells personal stories that raise further debate questions about what exactly is the truth, what should US policy be towards Haiti. I found this part not quite so illuminating as the history chapters. The overall effect is part much needed alternative perspective on Haiti, and part polemic. An introduction by Howard Zinn (rest in peace) would have been so much more meaningful and hard hitting than Chomsky could ever be.
1 vote grheault | Apr 21, 2010 |
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The Uses of Haititells the truth about uncomfortable matters--uncomfortable, that is, for the structures of power and the doctrinal framework that protects them from scrutiny. It tells the truth about what has been happening in Haiti, and the US role in its bitter fate.--Noam Chomsky, from the introduction In this third edition of the classicThe Uses of Haiti, Paul Farmer looks at what has happened to the health of the poor in Haiti since the coup. Winner of a McArthur Genius Award,Paul Farmer is a physician and anthropologist who has worked for 25 years in Haiti, where he serves as medical director of a hospital serving the rural poor. He is the subject of the Tracy Kidder biography,Mountains Beyond Mountains.

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