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Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Haiti books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster (2014)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionPublished to glowing reviews, The Big Truck That Went By is a crucial look at a signal failure of international aid. Jonathan M. Katz was the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti on January 12, 2010, when the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the island nation. In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and through the monumental–yet misbegotten–rescue effort that followed. More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a global response totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. But…
Author(s): Jonathan M. Katz

2. Haitian Creole Phrasebook: Essential Expressions for Communicating in Haiti (2010)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionIf you are travelling to Haiti to help with the relief effort or to aid in its rebuilding, Haitian Creole Phrasebook is your must-have resource. In addition to featuring content specifically related to relief and rebuilding, this book also covers the basic topics such as introducing yourself, asking for directions, giving instructions, or asking for information. A separate section is devoted to key words and phrases related to relief efforts from communicating with medical personnel to construction and engineering terminology Features: A mini-dictionary includes essential vocabulary for quick…
Author(s): Jowel C. Laguerre, Cecile Accilien

3. Haiti (Bradt Travel Guides) (2017)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionA new edition of the only standalone guidebook on Haiti available, fully updated and with expanded content reflecting Haiti’s recent growth in tourism, and packed with practical information covering everything from accommodation, eateries and travel routes to wildlife and ‘Vodou’. A comprehensive section on conservation and natural history and insightful information on Haiti's rich artistic, architectural and musical heritage ensure nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts are well catered for. Paul Clammer discusses the merits of Haitian rum, how to…
Author(s): Paul Clammer

4. Haiti: The Tumultuous History – From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation (2010)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhy has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally; Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foriegners’ motives, many of whom doubt Hatians’ ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti’s current political instability is merely a continuation of political strife that began during the War of…
Author(s): Philippe Girard

5. Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1983)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionIncludes photographs and drawings. Foreword by Joseph Campbell This is the classic, intimate study, movingly written with the special insight of direct encounter, which was first published in 1953 by the fledgling Thames & Hudson firm in a series edited by Joseph Campbell. Maya Deren’s Divine Horsemen is recognized throughout the world as a primary source book on the culture and spirituality of Haitian Voudoun. The work includes all the original photographs and illustrations, glossary, appendices and index. It includes the original Campbell foreword along with…
Author(s): Maya Deren, Joseph Campbell

6. Haiti: A Coloring Book for Grown Ups (2016)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionColoring isn’t just for children. Explore Haiti through these intricate, hand drawn pen and ink drawings of typical scenes, landmarks, and favorite icons. Use your imagination to bring to life the market scenes with their vibrant fruits and vegetables, the sugarcane fields in their shades of green and brown, or the ocean with tropical fish, busy fishermen, and colorful dugout boats. Includes 32 original drawings. Printed on heavy white paper on one side only for easy coloring and removal….
Author(s): Richar

7. Haiti My Country (2014)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionPretty flowers in my country are for me Like pink butterflies That smile at the sun – Judes-Roldes For several months, Quebec illustrator Rogé prepared a series of portraits of Haitian children. Students of Camp Perrin wrote the accompanying poems, which create, with flowing consistency, Haiti, my country. These teenaged poets use the Haitian landscape as their easel. The nature that envelops them is quite clearly their main subject. While misery often storms through Haiti in the form of earthquakes, cyclones, or floods, these young men and women see their surrounding nature as…
Author(s): Roge

8. Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking (2008)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionTRAVESTY is an anthropologist’s personal story of working with foreign aid agencies and discovering that fraud, greed, corruption, apathy, and political agendas permeate the industry. It is a story of failed agricultural, health and credit projects; violent struggles for control over foreign aid; corrupt orphanage owners, pastors, and missionaries; the nepotistic manipulation of research funds; economically counterproductive food aid distribution programs that undermine the Haitian agricultural economy; disastrous social engineering by foreign governments, international financial and development organizations–such…
Author(s): Schwartz Ph.D., Timothy T

9. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2013)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionEven before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haiti’s troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past. The country’s difficulties are inextricably rooted in its founding revolution—the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world; the hostility that this rebellion generated among the surrounding colonial powers; and the intense struggle within Haiti itself to define its newfound freedom and realize its…
Author(s): Laurent Dubois

10. Haiti Cherie, Haitian Creole Cuisine: Haitian Creole Cuisine (2015)

 Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate CollectionHaiti Cherie Creole Cuisine is a cookbook about Haitian food and culture. It is a very colorful cookbook with more than 100 recipes and colorful photos of delicious and authentic Haitian traditional food….
Author(s): Michele Rhesia Roumain

Best Haiti Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some haiti books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Cry of Vertières: Liberation Memory and the Beginning of Haiti

Author(s): Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec
ID: 2552781, Publisher: MQUP, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

The Early Haitian State and the Question of Political Legitimacy: American and British Representations of Haiti, 1804―1824

Author(s): James Forde
ID: 2795243, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Author(s): Laurent Dubois, Kaiama L. Glover, Kaiama Glover, Nadève Ménard, Millery Polyné, Chantalle F. Verna
ID: 2845263, Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2020, Size: 49 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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