invasion / Bob Shacochis. - London : Bloomsbury, 1999. -
XII-408 p. : map ; 20 cm. - (Bloomsbury paperbacks).
NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR
: An eyewitness account of the 1994 invasion and occupation of Haiti,
of American soldiers employed in a strange war zone « where
there are no friends and no enemies, no front or rear, no victories and
likewise, no defeats, and no true endings ». From the
Pentagon's war room to the bitter infighting in the dangerously divided
US embassy in Port-au-Prince and its on again/off again relationship
with terrorists, Bob Shacochis chronicles what the military calls OTW
(operations other than war).
From his eighteen months in the field in Haiti, where he lived with a
team of Special Forces commandos, Shacochis brings the reader the
timeless stories of soldiers, their exploits, their frustrations, their
inner lives as well as their heroic deeds, as they struggle to bring
democracy to a country ravaged by tyranny.
ROBERT LAWLESS (Wichita State University) : Shacochis is a terrific writer, and this book is fun to read. I'm not
sure, however, how much of it should be taken seriously. It isn't the
book of a scholar, and it has no documentation. The story is, of
course, more about Shacochis in Haiti than about Haiti itself.
Secondarily it is about the Americans in Haiti who came with the
September 1994 pseudo-invasion and occupation that were supposed to
restore democracy. Haitians themselves appear as a supporting
cast-often in mobs, unruly and comic.
In general Shacochis's impressions of the American operation in Haiti
are correct. In Port-au-Prince, for example, it was obvious that the
U.S. military was there to protect the well-heeled elites up on the
mountainside from the wrath of a million poor people in the slums
below, whom the troops had ostensibly come to liberate (p. 134).
In the countryside units such as the one in LimbE9 had little idea of
what they were supposed to do and little guidance from their
rule-driven military superiors.
→ lire l'intégralité du compte-rendu de Robert Lawless sur le site de Bob Corbett (Webster University).
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