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  • Tropicana Nightsby Rosa Lowinger; Ofelia Fox

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006; US$ 14.99

    At Tropicana you could play the roulette wheel, dance to the latest mambo or rumba, or simply ogle the parading goddesses of the flesh. It was the brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, and Nat “King? Cole, Liberace, Josephine Baker, and Carmen Miranda performed there before audi­ences that included Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, and Joan Crawford. ... more...

  • The Sugar Baronsby Matthew Parker

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.71

    For 200 years after 1650 the West Indies were the most fought-over colonies in the world, as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar - a commodity so lucrative that it was known as white gold. Young men, beset by death and disease, an ocean away from the moral anchors of life in Britain, created immense... more...

  • Toussaint Louvertureby Madison Smartt Bell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 14.95

    At the end of the 1700s, French Saint Domingue was the richest and most brutal colony in the Western Hemisphere. A mere twelve years later, however, Haitian rebels had defeated the Spanish, British, and French and declared independence after the first?and only?successful slave revolt in history. Much of the success of the revolution must be credited... more...

  • The Republic of Piratesby Colin Woodard

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008; US$ 14.99

    The inspiration for the NBC series Crossbones .   The Republic of Pirates features the 18th-century pirates Edward ?Blackbeard? Teach and ?Black Sam? Bellamy, both of whom rose from England's underclass to become wealthy, notorious, and enormously powerful. Along with their associates in the Bahamas-based "Flying Gang," Teach and Bellamy banded... more...

  • Caliban's Reasonby Paget Henry

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 52.95

    Paget introduces the general reader to Afro-Caribbean philosophy in this ground-breaking work. Since Afro-Caribbean thought is inherently hybrid in nature, he traces the roots of this discourse in traditional African thought and in the Christian and Enlightenment traditions of Western Europe. more...

  • Beyond the Slave Narrativeby Deborah Jenson

    Liverpool University Press 2011; US$ 125.00

    An introduction to the Afro-diasporic literature of the Haitian Revolution, Beyond the Slave Narrative frames the unique contributions to anti-colonial thought of Haitian general Jean-Jacques Dessalines and other singular Haitian voices. more...

  • Fathers, Daughters, and Slavesby Doris Y. Kadish

    Liverpool University Press 2012; US$ 60.00

    Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves brings to life the unique contribution by French women writers during the early nineteenth century, a key period in the history of colonialism and slavery. more...

  • Let the Bastards Goby Joe Morris Doss

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Hispanic parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church in New Orleans told Doss and Frade of their friends' and relatives' dire situation in Cuba and pleaded for assistance. The two organized first a series of "freedom flights" that helped rescue more than one thousand people, but these were cut off when the great Mariel boatlift began. In a riveting narrative,... more...

  • Havana Nocturneby T. J. English

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba was the greatest hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years. In the 1950s, the Mob?with the corrupt, repressive government of brutal Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in its pocket?owned Havana's biggest luxury hotels and casinos, launching an unprecedented... more...