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This review is from: 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake (Kindle Edition)I appreciate the full disclosure from Jake Adelstein and others who were involved in this project. These are credible people with big hearts and their reviews are worth noting and should not be ignored out of fear of some conflict of interest. Nobody is making a dime off of this and we all need to focus on the task at hand: helping the victims of the devastating quake and tsunami that ravaged NE Japan. This humble review is slightly more impartial, as I don't know any of these people in person, at least not yet!
For me, 3/11/11 also quickly became a frightening day as of 2:46 pm. I was at home in my apartment, where I do most of my freelance work. The shaking was like nothing I'd experienced in Japan before in my almost five years here. And it started to seem like it would never end. From the 23rd floor, while swaying all over the place, books falling to the floor from shelves, cupboards and drawers swinging open in the kitchen, I could see hundreds of people gathering in the streets, looking quite panic-stricken, and it wasn't over yet. I felt scared for my life, to be honest. Then came the aftershocks. It was nerve-wracking. My cats bailed on me and I felt I might die alone if this got any worse. I could see a large building was on fire somewhere off in the distance, in the Odaiba area, and black smoke was billowing up into the Tokyo sky. After the wobbling and trembling had, for the most part, abated, I went on-line.
The day quickly became a tragic one. I learned of the devastation in the coastal regions of the Tohoku area of Japan. News started to spread of a devastating tsunami. Soon, I felt less for my safety and was feeling my heart squeezed as stories were revealed about the incredible losses of lives, homes, entire communities and towns, and a profound sense of utter helplessness replaced my fear. As an international resident in Japan, I didn't know how I could do anything to help. Eventually I created a Facebook page to reach out to others, to find a way to volunteer myself and my time to do anything at all. And, with time, and thanks to Twitter, I found the community behind what was being referred to as #Quakebook and learned about how that project was quickly unfolding.
The final product is more than I had anticipated for a book put together in such haste. The care with which the stories in 2:46: Aftershocks were gathered, organized and laid out is very apparent. Even if this e-book had turned out to be junk, I'd have paid anyway, first to support the tireless efforts of this amazing community of people connected through microblogging and, second, to get that $9.99 to the Japanese Red Cross, because this relief work won't be finished for a really long time, and people are still in very desperate shape. Remember, most of them have little or nothing left. No homes to return to, no jobs, very little clothing and no way to acquire food, even if it was easily available, which it isn't.
So kudos to @ourmaninabiko and all those who willingly gave their time and energy to make this the success that it is quickly becoming (and YOU, too, should join in and make history with the rest of us who are supporting the cause by purchasing this historic book). And kudos to Twitter, for being such a useful technological tool for helping people form legitimate, functional communities that can work together for positive social action; we can take care of people much more quickly now if we so desire, thanks to this wonderful social networking tool.
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