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Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami by [Erich Krauss]

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Kraus (Wall of Flame) provides a compelling account of four families in a Thai village devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004. The author first describes the harsh everyday existence of these villagers before the tsunami: a life of poverty in which children are sent off to work for abusive bosses, of earning a hazardous living by diving for tin or stealing lobsters from Burmese traps. The villagers Krauss describes are courageous: one woman, Dang, became an activist, fighting the powerful tin-mining company trying to force her from the land. Puek, blinded in an accident, rallied to help his wife, Lek, after the death of their young son. Krauss then details the tragic tsunami and its aftermath. Trying unsuccessfully to save a baby as wave after wave comes over her, one woman knows "she would never sleep another night." A thug hired by the mining company keeps Dang from returning home to seek her family. Even the aid efforts, these survivors report, are not always blameless: Christian relief workers tell the Buddhist Wichien he must convert to Christianity to get their help, and vacationing foreigners are treated before more critically injured Thais. Passionately told, this tragic story portrays the full human cost of natural devastation. Maps not seen by PW.
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Krauss, a specialist in natural disasters and author of Wall of Flame, an account of the 2003 California wildfires, tells the heartrending story of the December 2004 tsunami from the perspective of four families. The approach brings a human scale to a gigantic tragedy, the deadliest tsunami in history. Krauss was among the relief workers who came to the Thai village of Nam Khem after the tsunami struck. In part 1 of the book, Krauss details the history of the village and the four families, who were struggling to survive on rice farms or in tin mines, coping with local political turmoil, facing the challenges of making a living in a developing nation, and weathering hurricanes and the occasional tsunami. In part 2, he details the fateful day as families engaged in their normal routines suddenly faced enormous waves, which washed away all that they have ever known. The latter parts of the book chronicle the search for the missing as families try to reconstitute themselves and rebuild their lives. Vanessa Bush
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN : B00CX6VIN2
  • Publisher : Rodale Books (December 27, 2005)
  • Publication date : December 27, 2005
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3541 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 258 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1594863784
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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