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Maria Bello, actress and Haiti activist
“What a magnificent book! So many of us experienced the pain, joy and dichotomy of this beautiful nation and it's people after the earthquake, and Hugh Locke captures it beautifully. As someone who calls Haiti my second home, I am deeply moved by his persistence and efforts to find solutions with the local community. He has shown what all of us in love with the country knowthat Haitians know what Haitians need.”

 

Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History
“A brave, clear-eyed, and ultimately hopeful account of working in—and with—Haiti. Locke offers a striking analysis and critique of the current structure of aid to the country, and draws on the lessons he has learned to offer a charter for a new approach. Anyone who has wondered “Where has all the money gone?” should read this book, which shows us why reconstruction can only succeed if we change the way we think about what ‘development’ truly means.”

 

Raymond Alcide Joseph, former Haitian Ambassador to the United States
“Armchair experts on Haiti have generated countless pages about the country that gained notoriety with the devastating January 2010 earthquake. But Hugh Locke draws on his hands-on experience and intimate relationship with Haiti and its people to go far beyond "the-poorest-country-in-the-Western-Hemisphere" type of statistics. He presents a sensitive narrative that takes us from Haiti’s origins through to the present, and points the way for it to again become "The Pearl of the Antilles", if not the richest Caribbean island nation it once was. A must read for anyone concerned with Haiti and its future.”

 

Jeff Swartz, former President and CEO, Timberland 
“Hugh Locke delivers a chronicle of Haiti from its inception to the current state of disrepair. He helps readers see a different way of helping Haiti—one that is not focused on philanthropy, but on growing the hearts and minds and capabilities of the Haitian people.”