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. Bob Shacochis traveled to Haiti for Harper’s and was embedded—long before the idea became popular in Iraq—with a team of Special Forces commandos for eighteen months and came away with tremendous insight into Haiti, the character of American fighters, and what can happen when an intervention turns into a misadventure. With the eye for detail and narrative skills of a critically acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Shacochis captures the exploits and frustrations, the inner lives, and the heroic deeds of young Americans as they struggle to bring democracy to a country ravaged by tyranny. The Immaculate Invasion is required reading, essential for anyone who wants to understand what has happened in Haiti in the past and what will happen in the future.
About the author
Bob Shacochis's collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the 1985 National Book Award for First Fiction, and his first novel, Swimming in the Volcano was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award for Fiction. Among his many other honors and awards are the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize, a James Michener Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently a contributing editor at Outside and Harper's, he has been a GQ columnist and writer for numerous other national publications. A professor at Florida State University, he lives in Florida.
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