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  • Sugar in the Bloodby Andrea Stuart

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.95

    1 There was a wind over England, and it blew. (Have you heard the news of Virginia?) A west wind blowing, the wind of a western star, To gather men?s lives like pollen and cast them forth, Blowing in hedge and highway and seaport town, Whirling dead leaf and living but always blowing, A salt wind, a sea wind, a wind from the world?s end, From... more...

  • Pirates and Privateersby Tom Bowling

    Pocket Essentials 2009; US$ 14.99

    From Robert Louis Stevenson?s Treasure Island to Errol Flynn in Captain Blood on to today?s Pirates of the Caribbean, the romantic image of pirates in modern Western popular culture has long been with us. But of course pirates come in many guises, and not all of them as charming as Johnny Depp. Pirates are outlaws who move quickly, a form of lawlessness... more...

  • Why the Cocks Fightby Michele Wucker

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 22.99

    Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto. Yet, despite their antagonism, the two countries... more...

  • Puerto Ricans in the Empireby Teresita A. Levy

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Most studies of Puerto Rico?s relations with the United States have focused on the sugar industry, recounting a tale of victimization and imperial abuse driven by the interests of U.S. sugar companies. But in Puerto Ricans in the Empire , Teresita A. Levy looks at a different agricultural sector, tobacco growing, and tells a story in which Puerto Ricans... more...

  • The History of Mary Princeby Mary Prince

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 6.95

    The first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies and publish a record of her experiences, Prince vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her 1828 escape in England. A straightforward, often poetic account of a struggle for freedom. more...

  • Haiti: The Aftershocks of Historyby Laurent Dubois

    Henry Holt and Co. 2012; US$ 20.99

    Laurent Dubois is the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution , a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004. The Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University, Dubois has written on Haiti for the Los Angeles Times , The Nation , and the New Yorker Web site, among other publications,... more...

  • Island Possessedby Katherine Dunham

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 22.99

    Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting... more...

  • The Prison Letters of Fidel Castroby Fidel Castro; Ann Louise Bardach; Luis Conte AgŁero

    Nation Books 2009; US$ 13.95

    Early in Ann Louise Bardach's Cuban voyage she came across Cartas de Presidio or The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro. Edited by Luis Conte Aguero, who was the recipient of most of these letters, they are cited in every important work from Hugh Thomas' opus Cuba to Tad Szulc's Fidel biography, and everything in between and since. These twenty-one... more...

  • Cuban Counterpointby Random House

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 25.00

    Tobacco and sugar have made the history, the character, and the economy of Cuba. In this entertaining book, packed with fascinating lore, scholarship in its most humane form, and the flavor of Fernando Ortiz?s exceedingly civilized and humorous personality, the two important crops are seen from many points of view. Their economic aspects form the base,... more...

  • Waiting For Snow In Havanaby Carlos Eire

    Simon & Schuster UK 2012; Not Available

    A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other-but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from... more...