Through a series of personal journeys, interwoven with scenes from the country's past, Amy Wilentz documents her arrival in Haiti in 1986, days before the ousting of Haiti's President for Life, Jean-Claude Duvalier, and shows how the hope of change turned to disappointment when liberation led to chaos and stagnation. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, Wilentz leads the reader through the streets, bustling by day, and by night filled with gunfire and burning tyres. She explores the countryside where young soldiers control road-blocks and farmers struggle to survive, and where belief in voodoo, the peasants' religion, is as strong as ever. Wilentz offers portraits of today's Haitians - Father Aristide the rebel priest and spiritual force behind the opposition, the various military-backed leaders, the wild children who roam the streets, the State Department men, the Christian missionaries, and the international press corps who jet in for each coup. Amy Wilentz has written articles on Haiti for "The Village Voice", "The Nation", "Grand Street" and "Newsday".
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Amy Wilentz is an award-winning former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker and a long-time contributing editor at The Nation magazine. She has written for The New Yorker and The Nation, as well as for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Conde Nast Traveler. She is the author of a novel and a book about life in California. She is a professor in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine.
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Book Description Vintage, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99748800