"An impassioned analysis [that] explores the role of the U.S.'s territorial relationship with Puerto Rico in the context of the damage wrought on the island by Hurricane Maria in 2017."
"[Deibert's] account of the weeks and months following September 2017, when the hurricane hit, accompanies a thoroughly researched history of Puerto Rico, both presented with the goal of helping readers better understand the ongoing impact of colonialism, and how the U.S. mainland responded to the hurricane's impact."
"In perhaps the greatest opus of a multi-decade career that illuminates the darkest of circumstances for the most underrepresented of people on the planet, author and investigative journalist Michael Deibert delivers a gripping, must-read account of Puerto Rico's pain in the preamble and aftermath to Hurricane Maria. In When the Sky Fell, through exquisite prose and rigorous reporting, Deibert transports us to the core of the carnage with him. He delves into the physical and financial destruction experienced by Puerto Rico and reveals a history of economic plundering by the US government and its hedge fund moguls. He describes how this backdrop makes the hellish wreckage caused by Mother Nature so much more devastating. This book is exceptionally timely and critical."
--Nomi Prins, Author of Collusion and All the Presidents' Bankers
"A story that should be reflected in the eternal record...The colonial relationship of Puerto Rico with the United States, the status of Puerto Ricans as second-class American citizens, and the disappointment with traditional Puerto Rican political parties in recent decades are some of the issues chronicled in When the Sky Fell."
--El Nuevo Dï¿½a
"In his devastating examination of the US government's inadequate and hostile response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Michael Deibert delivers a much-needed account of the island's history, bringing into sharp focus the long and often tortured relationship between the United States and its territory. This is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the post-Maria landscape in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC."
--Carrie Gibson, author of El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America and Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day