The Big Truck That Went By

The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.

The Big Truck That Went By

The Big Truck That Went By

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a monumental response totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the relief effort has foundered. It's most basic promises—to build safer housing for the homeless, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters—remain unfulfilled. The Big Truck That Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid that defies today's conventional wisdom; that the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter." With coverage of Bill Clinton, who came to help lead the reconstruction; movie-star aid worker Sean Penn; Wyclef Jean; Haiti's leaders and people alike, Katz weaves a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.

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The Big Truck That Went By
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Jonathan M. Katz
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-08 - Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Digital Signatures
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Jonathan Katz
Categories: Computers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-05-17 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

As a beginning graduate student, I recall being frustrated by a general lack of acces sible sources from which I could learn about (theoretical) cryptography. I remember wondering: why aren’t there more books presenting the basics of cryptography at an introductory level? Jumping ahead almost a decade later, as a
To-Do Lists of the Dead
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Pages: 192
Authors: Jonathan Katz
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-08 - Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Ever wondered what George Washington put on his "To-Do" list? According to funnyman Jonathan Katz' book To-Do Lists of the Dead, it said check gums for termites and bury the hatchet. Katz has done it again. During a layover at LaGuardia Airport, Katz entertained himself with his PalmPilot digital organizer
There Is No More Haiti
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Greg Beckett
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-10 - Publisher: University of California Press

This is not just another book about crisis in Haiti. This book is about what it feels like to live and die with a crisis that never seems to end. It is about the experience of living amid the ruins of ecological devastation, economic collapse, political upheaval, violence, and humanitarian
Introduction to Modern Cryptography
Language: en
Pages: 603
Authors: Jonathan Katz, Yehuda Lindell
Categories: Computers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-11-06 - Publisher: CRC Press

Cryptography is ubiquitous and plays a key role in ensuring data secrecy and integrity as well as in securing computer systems more broadly. Introduction to Modern Cryptography provides a rigorous yet accessible treatment of this fascinating subject. The authors introduce the core principles of modern cryptography, with an emphasis on

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