By Jonathan M. Katz
Published to gleaming experiences and awards, The vast Truck That Went By is a vital, well timed examine a sign failure of overseas aid.
Jonathan M. Katz was once the single full-time American information correspondent in Haiti on January 12, 2010, while the deadliest earthquake within the background of the Western Hemisphere struck the island country. during this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers contained in the terror of that day, the devastation visited on usual Haitians, and during the monumental--yet misbegotten--rescue attempt that followed.
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