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eBook The Immaculate Invasion (Bloomsbury paperbacks) download ISBN: 0747545294
Author: Bob Shacochis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New Ed edition (January 21, 2000)
Language: English
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Category: History
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The Immaculate Invasion Paperback – June 8, 2010. Every war brings forth one perfect book. Now we have The Immaculate Invasion, the masterpiece of the 1994 . assault on and occupation of Haiti.

The Immaculate Invasion Paperback – June 8, 2010. by. Bob Shacochis (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. A bitter, funny, engrossing adventure between the mysteries and comedy of the American military machine and the infinite suffering of Haiti. Herbert Gold, San Francisco Chronicle.

The Immaculate Invasion book. From the Pentagon's war room to the bitter infighting in the divided US embassy Shacochis chronicles the stories of soldiers, their exploits and frustrations, their inner lives as well as their heroic deeds, as they struggle to bring democracy to a country ravaged by tyranny.

The Immaculate Invasion. Widely celebrated upon its original publication in 1999, National Book Award winning writer Bob Shacochis’s The Immaculate Invasion is a gritty, poetic, and revelatory look at the American intervention in Haiti in 1994

The Immaculate Invasion. Widely celebrated upon its original publication in 1999, National Book Award winning writer Bob Shacochis’s The Immaculate Invasion is a gritty, poetic, and revelatory look at the American intervention in Haiti in 1994. In 1994, the United States embarked on Operation Uphold Democracy, a response to the overthrow of the democratically elected Haitian government by a brutal military coup

In The Immaculate Invasion, Shacochis captures the exploits and frustrations, the inner lives and heroic deeds of young Americans as they struggle to bring democracy to a country ravaged by tyranny.

In The Immaculate Invasion, Shacochis captures the exploits and frustrations, the inner lives and heroic deeds of young Americans as they struggle to bring democracy to a country ravaged by tyranny. The Immaculate Invasion is required reading for anyone who wants to understand what has happened in Haiti in the past, its current state, and its future path. An extraordinary book about an extraordinary event. I felt transported to Haiti. Shacochis, Bob. Publication date. New York, NY : Penguin Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

In vivid detail and stunning prose, award-winning novelist Shacochis (Swimming in the Volcano, 1993, et. tells the story of this occupation.

In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide became the first democratically elected president of Haiti. No sooner had he taken office when he was overthrown by a gang of murderous thugs known by the acronym FRAPH, and Aristide went into exile in the US. In 1994, however, the US launched "Operation Uphold Democracy," an invasion of Haiti whose purpose was to restore democracy there. In vivid detail and stunning prose, award-winning novelist Shacochis (Swimming in the Volcano, 1993, et. It's a story of confusion, frustration, and, above all, unremitting violence.

Widely celebrated upon its original publication in 1999, National Book Award-winning writer Bob Shacochis's The Immaculate Invasion is a gritty, poetic, and revelatory look at the American intervention in Haiti in 1994.

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Comments: (7)
Bliss
Haiti is layered with complexity. People often ask why "they" can't solve their problems, improve their situation, get their act together and so forth. The situation this impoverished nation is in traces all the way back to when Columbus first landed there. Shacochis masterfully shows how the layering and interweaving of influences has led to the current state, through a close-up, personal tale of his own experience there during the US invasion of the 90s. He treats the lives of the young American troops with the same compassion and truth as he does those of the many Haitians he comes to know while there. He experiences the swing between hope and a sense of hopelessness, of laughter to tears. On-the-ground stories of everyday people are backdropped by his strong understanding of the bigger picture of US policy, foreign intervention, Haitian politics and more. His writing is compelling. The story could be an action packed novel, and by the end of the book the reader may wish it was. But the heartbreak is just as real as the heartwarming encounters that make this the honest and in depth story that it is, and that lingers long after the last page has been read.
Ariseym
This is a well-written book telling an interesting story -- for the most part. Despite the interest, it is TOO LONG at almost 400 pages -- it is repetitive in many places and could have been edited down to 250 pages without losing anything. Still, a good account of Haiti and the US Army. It was very gratifying to see the author (who confessed he had never known a soldier and whose impressions of Special Forces was from Vietnam -- actually MOVIES ABOUT Vietnam!) realize what fine troops they are, learn some respect for them and generally enjoy having the blinders about the military fall from his eyes. He's about 90% of the way there...a telling commentary on what American intellectuals don't know about their own society and how estranged they are from their own military. A bit confusing on its coverage of Haitian politics (I know, the subject itself is confusing, but a good writer should make the complex clear). A good history of a now-obscure military exercise. I enjoyed it. It is better than Shacochis' previous fiction; hope he does another book like this one with a better editor.
Lli
Absolutely riveting account of the history of Haiti...reads more like a novel. Gripping, funky...if that's how you can described such relaxed modern writing.
Dishadel
A real page turner. Great description of the Haitian landscape, history, and culture. Excellent and complimentary description of The Special Forces (Green Berets)!

I liked everything about the book.

I would recommend the book to everyone.
Mettiarrb
Haiti has regressed from the poorest nation of the Western Hemisphere in 1987 to the poorest nation of the world in 2012, according to a study by the Wall Street Journal. A perfect storm of post-colonialism, natural disasters (headlined by but certainly not limited to the 7.0 earthquake of January 2010), political instability, inept government, corruption, and abject poverty produce a nation best characterized by the hopelessness of most of its population. Haiti falls shockingly short in almost any socioeconomic criterion; for example, only about one-fourth of the population has access to safe water.

Did Operation Uphold Democracy (September 1994-March 1995), the subject of this book, make any actual positive or negative difference for today's Haiti? Even on a purely dollars-and-cents level, was the intervention worth $2 billion? Open questions. But consider the following:

A wistful but cynical US Special Forces sergeant: "It would be nice to be part of something that actually worked." (p. 342)

"Whatever the President [Clinton] had told the Almighty Voter on television on September 15 had rapidly attenuated down to force protection... That attenuation made the mission absurd: US soldiers had invaded Haiti for the primary purpose of protecting themselves. Stopping the brutality wasn't in the mission." (p. 254). The then-recent Black Hawk battle in Somalia in October 1993 loomed large.

As the operation wound down, a US embassy spokesman said: "The next couple of years here are going to be ugly. Officially, we're leaving and we gave them their chance. Unofficially, it's going to be a great tragedy. Why did we even bother?" (p. 369)

The unremitting ugly has lasted more than a couple of years.
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There are not a lot of books covering the USA operation / occupation of Haiti in 1994 so I was excited to find this one. I was looking forward to a review of what actually happened, what forces were used, what they did and the overall politics involved. Unfortunately for me this book really did not cover that aspect of the occupation. The author spent his time with one group of Special Forces troops and detailed out what they went through and what the author saw going on in Haiti. This was interesting and well written, but a little too limited for my taste. The book is almost what you would expect a conversation would be like with a college buddy who was there and saw the events, not a complete account from a historic perspective.
With this being said I really enjoyed the book. It gives the reader a soldiers / reports eye view of the situation in Haiti. The real desperate conditions the Haitians live in came through in the writing. You also got a good feeling for the confusion that soldiers fell into by being asked to function is tasks that they really are not trained for, police work, social work and community planning. Shacochis also had a great way of off the cuff, smart remarks that added a lot of humor to the book. You can tell that his main writing has been fiction in the past because he spends a lot of time on the scene development - making sure the reader understands the sights and smells and not just the investigative reports trap of just the facts. I would have liked more detail, but overall the book was enjoyable.