Featured by "The New York Times "as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2012" "Well-written, authoritative history... enriched by careful attention to what Haitian intellectuals have had to say about their country over the last two centuries."
--"The New York Times Book Review" "A sweeping, passionate history of Haiti... Smart, honest, and utterly compelling, this book is the national biography this country and its people deserve." --"Boston Globe" "A book as welcome as it is timely: a lucid one-volume history of the nation, from Toussaint to the present, anchored in scholarship but rendered as a comprehensive-but-swift narrative for the general reader."--"The Nation" "This excellent, engaging history seeks to strip away centuries of mocking and reductive bias. Dubois's Haiti is a land of ceaseless activity, a ferment of suppression and insurrection exacerbated by the mercenary intrusions of foreign powers--in the past century, chiefly the United States. Dubois also traces a parallel history of bold social experiments on the part of everyday Haitians... Throughout, he makes clear how economic pressures and political crises have left even the county's better leaders hamstrung, without downplaying their failures in fulfilling Haiti's great promise."
--"The New Yorker" "An admirable chronicle... Reading "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History," I was repeatedly struck by the deep and detailed explanations of things that had never quite made sense to me about Haiti. Those 'aha' moments were some of the most satisfying passages in this engrossing and deeply-researched book."
--"The Miami Herald" "A vigorous, knowledgeable and empathetic account... A pleasure to add to my collection of writings about Haiti."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Fascinating... For anyone with even a little interest in Haiti, this book is an essential read."
--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" "Very few times have I been able to say that I learned something new about a subject with which I am ostens
This is a passionate and insightful account that finds in Haiti's traumatic history the sources of its devastating present. Even before last year's earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haiti's troubles owe more to a legacy of international punishment for the original sin of staging the only successful slave revolt in the world.
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