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Caribbean & West Indies

  • Haitiby Elizabeth Abbott

    Gerald Duckworth & Co 2011; US$ 8.74

    Haiti is the definitive account of the ruling Duvalier family and its legacy. In 1803, the enslaved people of Haiti vanquished their French masters after a bloody war which left thousands dead. In 1986, Haitians celebrated another victory, as Baby Doc Duvalier fled to France, ending three decades of brutal dictatorship. The Duvalier regime slaughtered... more...

  • Rhythms of Raceby Christina D. Abreu

    The University of North Carolina Press 2015; US$ 24.99

    Among the nearly 90,000 Cubans who settled in New York City and Miami in the 1940s and 1950s were numerous musicians and entertainers, black and white, who did more than fill dance halls with the rhythms of the rumba, mambo, and cha cha cha. In her history of music and race in midcentury America, Christina D. Abreu argues that these musicians, through... more...

  • Freedom from Liberationby Gerard Laurence Aching

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 47.99

    By exploring the complexities of enslavement in the autobiography of Cuban slave-poet Juan Francisco Manzano (1797?1854), Gerard Aching complicates the universally recognized assumption that a slave's foremost desire is to be freed from bondage. As the only slave narrative in Spanish that has surfaced to date, Manzano's autobiography details the daily... more...

  • Cubano Be, Cubano Bopby Leonardo Acosta; Paquito D'Rivera; Daniel Whitesell

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 29.95

    Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author's unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of Cuban jazz musicians and composers, but... more...

  • Backpacks Full of Hopeby Eduardo Aldunate

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2010; US$ 21.95

    Backpacks Full of Hope: The UN Mission in Haiti describes the experience of a Chilean general as Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) during the particularly turbulent year September 2005 to September 2006. It details the realities of commanding more than 7,000 men from eleven countries while working... more...

  • Ethnicity, Class, and Nationalismby Anton L. Allahar; Selwyn Ryan

    Lexington Books 2005; US$ 37.99

    In the interest of locating race and ethnicity as sociological and political categories that are inimical to contemporary conceptions of the nation state, editor Anton L. Allahar explores the geopolitics of the Caribbean through a comparative focus. The result is a study that is unique in scope and also in its level of scholarly reflection. This book... more...

  • Pre-Columbian Jamaicaby Phillip Allsworth-Jones

    University of Alabama Press 2010; US$ 39.95

    Much of Jamaican prehistoric research?like that in the rest of the Caribbean basin?has been guided by at least a subconscious attempt to allow prehistoric native peoples to find their places within the charts established by Irving Rouse, who guided Caribbean research for much of the last half-century. The pre-Columbian peoples of Jamaica, and not... more...

  • Caribbean Exchangesby Susan Dwyer Amussen

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 27.99

    English colonial expansion in the Caribbean was more than a matter of migration and trade. It was also a source of social and cultural change within England. Finding evidence of cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean as early as the seventeenth century, Susan Dwyer Amussen uncovers the learned practice of slaveholding. As English colonists... more...

  • As Flies to Whatless Boysby Robert Antoni

    Akashic Books 2013; US$ 15.99

    Tragedy and humor meet in an adventure-packed, historical novel about a British incursion into the island of Trinidad in 1845. more...

  • Fulgencio Batistaby Frank Argote-Freyre

    Rutgers University Press 2006; US$ 32.50

    Pawn of the U.S. government. Right-hand man to the mob. Iron-fisted dictator. For decades, public understanding of the pre-Revolutionary Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista has been limited to these stereotypes. While on some level they all contain an element of truth, these superficial characterizations barely scratch the surface of the complex and... more...