Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

by Alison Thompson
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ISBN-10:
0385529163
ISBN-13:
2900385529166
Pub. Date:
07/12/2011
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
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Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

Alison Thompson, a filmmaker living in New York City, was enjoying Christmas with her boyfriend in 2004 when she saw the news reports online: a 9.3 magnitude earthquake had struck the sea near Indonesia, triggering a massive tsunami that hit much of southern Asia. As she watched the death toll climb, Thompson had one thought: She had to go help. A few years earlier, she had spent eight months volunteering at Ground Zero after 9/11. She’d learned then that when disaster strikes, it’s not just the firemen and Red Cross who are needed—every single person can make a difference.  

With $300 in cash, some basic medical supplies, and a vague idea that she’d go wherever she was needed, Thompson headed to Sri Lanka. Along with a small team of volunteers, she settled in a coastal town that had been hit especially hard and began tending to people’s injuries, giving out food and water, playing games with the children, collecting dead bodies, and helping rebuild the local school and homes that had been destroyed. Thompson had intended to stay for two weeks; she ended up staying for fourteen months. She and her team helped start new businesses and set up the first tsunami early-warning center in Sri Lanka, which continues to save lives today. 

The Third Wave
tells the inspiring story of how volunteering changed Thompson’s life. It begins with her first real introduction to disaster relief after 9/11 and ends with her more recent efforts in Haiti, where she has helped create and run, with Sean Penn, an internally-displaced-person camp and field hospital for more than 65,000 Haitians who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake. In The Third Wave, Thompson provides an invaluable inside glimpse into what really happens on the ground after a disaster—and a road map for what anyone can do to help. As Alison Thompson shows, with some resilience, a healthy sense of humor, and the desire to make a difference, we all have what it takes to change the world for the better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900385529166
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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Third Wave: A Volunteer Story 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jessica-H More than 1 year ago
   This book would have made a wonderful story- were it not for the self-righteous attitude of the author. Instead of focusing on the actual events at hand, Thompson focuses on how her actions were the ONLY hope these people had. Several details seem out of place; she packs her Chanel No. 5 among her supplies to the Sri Lanka disaster zone, and she is 'forced' to hide her tears behind her Gucci sunglasses. Honestly, details like those makes one wonder if she was really focused on helping the victims, or on the image she wanted to portray of herself.  The Third Wave had a lot of potential as a non-fiction story, but it ended up being more like an autobiography than a tale of disaster and survival. It did have educational parts, but those were few and far between. The writing style itself is erratic and somewhat elementary- many metaphors found in the novel are reminiscent of those used in primary school.   In the end, it was a disappointing read.  To someone who was expecting great things from the novel, it made the time spent reading the book seem wasted.  
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