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    DescriptionFor 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 dynastic wealth but produced a society poisoned by war, sickness, cruelty and corruption. The Sugar Barons explores the lives and experiences of those whose fortunes rose and fell with the West Indian empire. From the ambitious and brilliant entrepreneurs, to the grandees wielding power across the Atlantic, to the inheritors often consumed by decadence, disgrace and madness, this is the compelling story of how a few small islands and a handful of families decisively shaped the British Empire.


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    Title
    The Sugar Barons
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matthew Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 361 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099558453
    ISBN 10: 0099558459
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18, CHRN/17CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS041000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET038
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CARIBB
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, BUS070010
    BIC subject category V2: 1KJ, 3JF
    DC22: 338.17360972
    DC23: 972.903
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHD, KCZ, NHK, KNA
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Windmill Books
    Publication date
    02 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Central America, Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies, acquiring a life-long fascination with the history of the region. Since graduating from Oxford, he has worked as an editorial consultant on a number of works of history, and written three bestselling books. He now lives with his family in east London.
    Review quote
    "Compelling, wonderful ... The Sugar Barons is an exemplary book; history as it should be written" Independent "Gripping ... a compendium of greed, horrible ingenuity and wickedness, but also a fascinating and thoughtful social history" -- William Dalrymple "A shocking tale of corruption and brutality ... an admirable and gripping history" Sunday Times "Very impressive - a meticulously researched piece of work, and so engagingly written ... what a story!" -- Andrea Levy, author of Small Island and Long Song "A tumultuous rollercoaster of a book ... Mr Parker tells an extraordinary, neglected and shameful history with gusto" Economist
    Back cover copy
    'A shocking tale of corruption and brutality . . . an admirable and gripping history ' Sunday Times ' Very impressive - a meticulously researched piece of work, and so engagingly written . . . what a story !' Andrea Levy, author of Small Island and Long Song The familiar image of the West Indies as paradise islands conceals a turbulent past. For 200 years after 1650 they 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 dynastic wealth but produced a society poisoned by war, sickness, cruelty and corruption. The Sugar Barons explores the lives and experiences of those whose fortunes rose and fell with the West Indian empire. From the ambitious and brilliant entrepreneurs, to the grandees wielding power across the Atlantic, to the inheritors often consumed by decadence, disgrace and madness, this is a compelling story of how a few small islands and a handful of families decisively shaped the British Empire. 'A fascinating and bloody tale. . . an antidote to the modern strain of neo-conservative history that says empire was rather a good thing' Financial Times 'A tumultuous rollercoaster of a book . . . Mr Parker tells an extraordinary, neglected and shameful history with gusto ' Economist 'A magnificent account of a bleak and torrid era, told with great humanity . . . as a portrait of the heat, horror and vanity of that time, The Sugar Barons is surely without equal ' Spectator