Book Reviews

Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide; by Beverly Bell; Cornell University Press, June 2013 

* Review by Augusta Dwyer, published on, Aug 15, 2013

Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake, ed. Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales; 288 pages, Kumarian Press, January 2012, $27

* Review by Julie Scherr, published in IPS News, Feb 29, 2012.
* Review by David Wilson, published in Upside Down World, April 17, 2012.
* Review by Roger Annis, published in NACLA August 2012
See the website devoted to the book, including a compilation of reviews.

Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, by Jeb Sprague, Monthly Review Press, 375 pp, August, 2012.
Review by Michael Barker, Oct 30, 2012.

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History, by Laurent Dubois; 434 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company, January 2012, $32
Reviewed by Adam Hochschild in The New York Times of Dec 29, 2011; by Madison Smartt Bell on his website.

Haiti After The Earthquake, by Dr. Paul Farmer, Public Affairs books, July 2011
Review published on Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch website, July 22, 2011

The American Crucibile: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights, by Robin Blackburn, Verso Books, 2011

The Big Truck That Went By: How The World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan Katz; (January 2013)

Farewell Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti, by Amy Wilentz;(January 2013
* Review of 'The Big Truck That Went By' and 'Farewell Fred Voodoo' by Madison Smartt Bell, published online in The Nation, January 15, 2013 (print edition of Feb. 4, 2013. The review is posted on the CHIP website here.)
* Review by Mischa Berlinski of 'Farewell Fred Voodoo', New York Review of Books, June 6, 2013.

Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment, by Peter Hallward; Verso, 2007. New edition with a post-earthquake postscript, 2011.
* Reviewed by Sue Montgomery in Montreal Gazette:
* Reviewed by Justin Podur in ZNet,
* Reviewed by Paul Knox in Literary Review of Canada,
* Reviewed by Roger Annis,

Red & Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 , by Dr. Matthew J. Smith, University of North Carolina Press, published May 2009. The first comprehensive history of the post-occupation era, arguing that “the period (from 1934 until the rise of dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier to the presidency in 1957) constituted modern Haiti’s greatest moment of political promise.” 
Read a short review of the book and interview with the author by Ansel Hertz:

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President, by Randall Robinson; Civitas Books, 2007.
Reviewed by Roger Annis:

You Are All Free, The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery, by Jeremy D. Popkin; Cambridge University Press, 2010. Review By Brendan Simms in Wall Street Journal,

Collapse, by Jared Diamond; Viking Press, 2005. Read a critique by Tim Schwartz (March 2010) of Diamond's analysis of Haitian/Dominican Republic history and relations, here:

Two New Books Examine the Struggle Against Slavery in the U.S. and the Impact of the Haitian Revolution
The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights; By Robin Blackburn, Verso Books, 2011

An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln; By Robin Blackburn, Verso Books, 2011
Both reviewed by Greg Grandin, The Guardian, July 8, 2011

Negro Comrades of the Crown; By Gerald Horne; New York University Press, 2012
Review by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson, published on Black Agenda Report, Nov 27, 2012

"Horne shows that African and British contemporaries saw the American war of independence as a unilateral act by the planter and mercantile elite to defend chattel slavery."

A Wedding in Haiti; by Julia Alvarez; Algonquin Books, 304 pp., $19.95, April 2012.
Review by Agnes Torres Al-Shibibi, published in The Seattle Times, April 15, 2012

"Julia Alvarez's "A Wedding in Haiti" is a touching, funny, eye-opening and uplifting memoir, and a rare intimate look at our poorest neighbor in the Western Hemisphere..."
Read a report here of a book launch event held in Seattle on April 21, 2012.

The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community and Haiti’; by Alex Dupuy, New York, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, ISBN 0-7425-3831-1, 238 + xi pages.
Review by Peter Hallward, read it here. The review was first published in Haiti Liberté in July 2007.

The basic argument of Alex Dupuy’s new book is that between 1990 and 2006, Haiti’s “tumultuous transition to democracy” was “temporarily derailed by both Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his enemies” (203). In particular, Dupuy sets out to show that “when he left [Haiti] in February 2004, Aristide had become a discredited, corrupted and increasingly authoritarian president who had betrayed the trust and aspirations of the poor majority” (2). ...
* For a comprehensive compilation of reviews of books on Haiti, many written by Bob Corbett, see here: