Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti

Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti

by Gerry Hadden


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A former NPR correspondent takes you into his own ghost-filled life as he reports on a region in turmoil. Gerry Hadden was training to become a Buddhist monk when opportunity came knocking: the offer of a dream job as NPR’s correspondent for Latin America. Arriving in Mexico in 2000 during the nation’s first democratic transition of power, he witnesses both hope and uncertainty. But after 9/11, he finds himself documenting overlooked yet extraordinary events in a forgotten political landscape. As he reports on Colombia’s drug wars, Guatemala’s deleterious emigration, and Haiti’s bloody rebellion, Hadden must also make a home for himself in Mexico City, coming to terms with its ghosts and chasing down the love of his life, in a riveting narrative that reveals the human heart at the center of international affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062020079
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Gerry Hadden is the Europe Correspondent for Public Radio International’s The World. He lives in Barcelona with his partner, Mouche, and their two children, Lula and Nino.

What People are Saying About This

Sam Quinones

“Gerry Hadden tells a strange, intimate tale of migrants and ghosts, of lost Guatemalans and Haitian witch doctors, of love in lands in tumult. Read it and you’ll know why 'foreign correspondent’ is the coolest damn job in the world.”

Michael Paterniti

“If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a roving foreign correspondent feels like—if you crave the thrilling, heartrending stories within the Story—then this is your book.”

Dan White

“One hell of a ghost story....Hadden shows his subjects in all their humanity, capturing the worst and best of the human spirit along the way.”

Rory Nugent

“Radio news won’t be the same again. Suddenly, the voice has a face, and it’s unforgettable....Never the Hope Itself is a welcome antidote to the bullshit of the bullets-and-balls memoirs oozing out of so many journalists these days.”

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