For Whom the Dogs Spy by Raymond A. Joseph
When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, Raymond Joseph, the former Haitian Ambassador to the United States, found himself rushing back to his beloved country. The earthquake ignited a passion in Joseph, inspiring him to run for president against great competition, including two well-known Haitian pop stars, his nephew Wyclef Jean and Michel Martelly. But he couldn’t compete in a democratic system corrupt to the core.
In this decades-spanning work, Joseph challenges common misconceptions about Haiti. He unearths the hidden stories of Haiti’s cruel dictators, focusing on the tyranny of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who used the legend of voodoo to bewitch the country into fearing him. But he also shows readers that Haiti is more than just the “poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” and has in fact played an important role in global (and especially American) history. With this book, Ambassador Raymond Joseph warns readers about Haiti’s current political leaders’ attempts to impose a new dictatorship. His hope is that Haiti can right itself despite the destruction it has suffered at the hands of man and nature.
Praise for For Whom the Dogs Spy :
“Ray Joseph is the voice and conscience of Haiti. Eighty-two now, he’s written a book about his life, and about the tragedy that befell Haiti. Nobody can tell the story better than Ray Joseph.” —Stanley Penn, Pulitzer Prize winner
“Ray Joseph, among the most distinguished Haitians of recent generations, has given us a compelling memoir that is also a penetrating modern history. Presidents Duvalier, Aristide, Martelly, voodoo, cruelty, carnivals, corruption, and the environmental degradation of Haiti—all are laid bare on these pages. Ray Joseph has been a crusader for Haitian democracy for more than 50 fifty years and has greatly influenced this history that he so skillfully tells.” —Peter Kann, former chairman and CEO of Dow Jones & Co. and former publisher of the Wall Street Journal