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Southeast Asia Wandering around the wreckage in a contamination suit trying to deliver food and water he found survivors desperate to tell him what their village had been like and how their lives had been changed forever In Wave of Destruction Krauss shares the pain and privation of four villagers who made it through alive only to bury their family and friendsBeginning with their fight for life as a 40 foot wave crashed down upon their community and. Amazingly evocative and heartfelt re telling of the devastating events of the boxing day tsunami in 2004 This book follows the story of 4 families experience of the Tsunami and the immediate aftermath before giving a uick description of how they all struggled to get their lives those who survived back together in the few months following Of course at the point in which the book ends no one is anywhere near being back on track but the seeds are sewn to suggest that most of the people who s story we ve followed here are beginning to get the sorely lacking assistance that they needed in form of donations and food and labour to rebuild their livesYou cant fail to be moved by these families experiences here you are given a brief biography of each family before the book turns to an extremely graphic and harrowing 1st person account of the tsunami itself from each families different point of view From being on a boat out on the sea to being on the beach and ultimately being swept up by the waves themselves I d really recommend reading this book to make something of an attempt to even try to begin to understand what people went through on that day There are stories of hope and amazing luck and good fortune as well as terrible descriptions of horrible tragedies as you would expect It is SO well written it does not make light or glorify any of the events and experiences of the families featured hereAlthough mainly following the families perspectives exclusively this book does touch on some wider issues that I was completely unaware of particularly regarding widespread corruption reating to donations financial and otherwise going missing or being unfairly issued to the wrong people Deliberately and otherwise Also it covers the disgusting story of the far east company trying to conduct a landgrab in the midst of the cleanup and refusing families to return to their home to search for the bodies of their children and parents Highly recommend this book

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Wave of Destruction The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami

Ending with their slow confusing uest to rebuild after the last of the bodies had been buried Krauss unveils the actions and thoughts of ordinary people who were forced to brave extraordinary circumstances Much like John Hersey did in his acclaimed book Hiroshima Krauss a gifted writer and expert in Thai culture allows the reader to experience one of the worst disasters the world has ever known through the eyes of those who will never be able to forg. This is not pleasant reading but it should be reuired reading for any American 12 years and beyond Let s face it We really do take what we have for granted This beautifully told story true is about four Thai families before the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004 and after These people had little to nothing before the disaster even less after What they had to do to earn a living just to build a tiny little home on the beach is unimagineable to us we who think we must have at least two bathrooms in our homes to be happy Can anyone reading this who has children think of having those children work thirteen hour days at the age of 6 Could any of us imagine having our children leave home at a very early age to work for rich families families who abused them And yet while these people suffered terribly including losing loved ones we re talking one s entire family they carried on

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This exuisitely written book puts a human face on the tragedy of last year's Southeast Asian tsunami through the heartbreaking and heroic stories of four who survived this cataclysmic natural disasterErich Krauss arrived in the Thai village of Nam Keam on a relief truck 12 days after an underwater earthuake of unimaginable magnitude erupted across the ocean floor and unleashed a tsunami that destroyed millions of lives and decimated the coastline of. It is easy to have compassion on the subjects of this book as they represent the sort of Thai person I knew well when I lived in the country even though I lived in the northern part of the country and not in the area near Phuket which is where this book is focused The author himself is one of those humanitarians who visited Thailand in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and when he wasn t busy helping to clean up the destruction in and around Phuket he showed himself willing to listen to the stories of four families of survivors who had even before the tsunami lived difficult lives that demonstrate the struggles that are faced by the common people of Thailand The author writes with compassion and gets a sense of the horror as well as the resilience shown by the people of Thailand in the face of a disaster to massive and destructive to comprehend or cope with This is the sort of book that can only be written by someone who tries his best to capture what others are saying and who is not trying to win any elections in Thailand s parliament and it does not speak very kindly to the state of politics and economics in that countryThis book is a bit than 200 pages long and it is divided into four parts and 32 short chapters that focus on the intersecting lives of four poor families in the area of Nam Khem The first part of the book contains eight chapters and focuses on the lives of four families in Nam Khem We see an area grow due to fishing and tin mining and the construction of resorts and how the combination of insecure land tenure and a lack of concern by local authorities let a generally lawless area grow up with brothels and high crime and violence where the military were not often good guys even where they were present After that there are ten chapters that deal with the catastrophic destruction of the 2004 tsunami and how it affected the four families differently although all managed to have surviving family members and a great many dead children siblings parents and other relatives The third part of the book shows the poignant hunt for the missing a hunt that was actively hindered by the local hospital being totally overrun as well as the efforts on a part of local property holders to hinder the search of those they considered politically unreliable Finally the fourth part of the book looks at the long and difficult road to recovery faced by the traumatized survivors after which the author discusses his own involvement with interviewing and listening to the survivors and their painful storiesAfter finishing this heartrending account one wonders if there will be a follow up written to this book that indicates how well or poorly the people discussed in this book dealt with the cleanup that followed the tsunami The four families involved in this story all faced different threats and concerns and it would be good to know if they were able to struggle on after their heavy losses and if Thailand provided opportunity for them to recover some measure of stability and prosperity One has a particular degree of concern for the family of community organizers who sought to fight against the land seizure by a corrupt company in cahoots with the local military political and business elites as such community focus does not usually end well in Thailand given their immensely corrupt crony political system Similarly the blind Puek and the fisherman Wimon are similarly sufficiently vulnerable people as is Wichien survivor of various pirate expeditions conducted illegally in coastal Burma How have such people overcome the traumas and trouble of their past and the loss of thousands of their neighbors and many of their own family members in an incomprehensible natural disaster like that of the 2004 tsunami


10 thoughts on “Wave of Destruction The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami

  1. says:

    Great personal stories of tragedy and resilience from Nam Khem after the 2004 Indian tsunami Author did an amazing job of introducing the cha

  2. says:

    It is easy to have compassion on the subjects of this book as they represent the sort of Thai person I knew well when I live

  3. says:

    I remember the Boxing Day Tsunami well I was only 14 or so but I remember seeing the death toll rising seeing videos and images of th

  4. says:

    In this work of non fiction Erich Krauss chronicles the story of four Thai families from the small village of Nam Keam through the worst disaster to strike Thailand ever the Tsunami of 2004This book is the perfect look at the tragedy that st

  5. says:

    So many of the stories we hear about the tsunami that hit Asia in 2004 are from the perspective of foreigners who were there on vacati

  6. says:

    Amazingly evocative and heartfelt re telling of the devastating events of the boxing day tsunami in 2004 This book follows the story of 4 families experience of the Tsunami and the immediate aftermath before giving a uick description of how they all struggled to get their lives those who survived back together in the few m

  7. says:

    This is an excellent book The author tells the story of four Thai families from Nam Khem a poor and rather dangerous fishing village in one o

  8. says:

    This is not pleasant reading but it should be reuired reading for any American 12 years and beyond Let's face it We really do take what we have for granted This beautifully told story true is about four Thai families before the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004 and after These people had little to nothing before the disaster even less after What they had to do to earn a living just to build a tiny little home on the beach is uni

  9. says:

    An excellent look at the great tsunami of December 26 2004 that killed thousands in Southeast Asia focusing on a group of survivors in one Thai village that was nearly levelled It shows graphically the struggle to

  10. says:

    I picked this book up because I'm planning a trip to thailand and I always like looking into nonfiction books about major events in teh area