- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: The Belknap Press (October 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674018265
- ISBN-13: 978-0674018266
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution
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With the exception of James', there is no work on the Haitian Revolution that is more readable and engaging than this book. Dubois' prose is crisp and vivid-the perfect writing for such a colorful story. The book is not short. But each chapter is full with interesting stories that you can hardly notice you are reading a scholarly history book.
However, there are three issues you should be aware of while reading it. Probably due to the large amount of information and the inclusion of many little stories, the reader can easily lose track of the chronology. So, having besides you a chronology of the events can help you follow each one without problems. Also, because of the scholarly practice of the use of evidence, Dubois habit of story-telling, and his efforts to avoid being judgmental, at first impression the reader may feel that the author is siding with evil. But Dubois evaluation is subtle, and yet very powerful and accurate. And finally, a few typos, responsibilities of the publishing house and not of the author, should not affect the reader's enjoyment of a good and important reading.
I am pleased that DuBois kept his editorializing to a minimum and described the events of the Haitian revolution in a very much nuanced manner. I recommend this this book to anyone looking for a detailed, but surprisingly easy to read discussion of that famous "first successful slave rebellion."
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This book was extremely readable and had much insight into the revolution, its personalities and the culture behind it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James G. Warden
Well written history of the Haitian Revolution, foundational to the American Civil War and to other Latin America revolutions.Published 11 months ago by Nancy Mott
Excellent book. The topic was concise and well presented be the author. The entire book just flowed seemlessly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrea