Forthcoming/ Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History

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Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History [Paperback ]

The world’s first independent black republic, Haiti was forged in the fire of history’s only successful slave revolution. Yet more than two hundred years later, the full promise of the revolution—a free country and a free people—remains unfulfilled. Home for more than a decade to one of the world’s largest UN peacekeeping forces, Haiti has a tumultuous political culture—buffeted by coups and armed political partisans—that combined with economic inequality and environmental degradation, created immense difficulties even before a devastating earthquake leveled the capital of Port-au-Prince in 2010, killing tens of thousands of people.
This grim tale, however, is not the whole story. In this moving and detailed history, Michael Deibert, who has spent two decades reporting on Haiti, chronicles the heroic struggles of Haitians to build their longed-for country in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on years of interviews with Haitian political leaders, international diplomats, peasant advocates, gang leaders, and hundreds of ordinary Haitians, Deibert’s book provides a vivid, complex, and challenging analysis of Haiti’s recent history.

Michael Deibert‘s writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo and the World Policy Journal, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, France 24, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio and KPFK Pacifica Radio.

His book In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel, and the Price of America’s Drug War in Mexico (Lyons Press 2014), has been described by National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain as “an extraordinary book cuts through the politics and propaganda, straight to the heart of the matter – the lives lost, the profits reaped, and the vast systems on both sides of the border that keep the whole bloody business going,” and by Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness, as “a remarkable chronicle of a cartel’s rise and a country’s fall.”

Deibert’s previous book, The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair, published in 2013 by Zed Books in cooperation with the Royal African Society, the International African Institute and the World Peace Foundation. It has been praised by the Guardian as “a scrupulously researched reminder of how this corner of the world became so wretched, and of the multiple actors responsible,” and by the London School of Economics as”an essential read for those of us interested in wider postcolonial worlds and the historical fragments of local, regional and global contexts that intersect and link huge parts of the planet together.”

His first book, Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (Seven Stories Press, 2005), was praised by the Miami Herald as “a powerfully documented exposé” and by the San Antonio Express-News as “a compelling mix of reportage, memoir and social criticism.”

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