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    DescriptionTo those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent, dramatic, and shocking history. For some two hundred years after 1650, the West Indies became the strategic center of the Western world, witnessing one of the greatest power struggles of the age as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar--a commodity so lucrative it became known as "white gold." As Matthew Parker skillfully chronicles in his sweeping history, the sugar revolution made the English, in particular, a nation of voracious consumers, so much so that the wealth of her island colonies came to underpin the entire British economy, ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution. Yet beside the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horrors of slavery and of slaves, on whose backs the sugar empires were brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture. For those on the ground, the British West Indian empire presented a disturbing moral universe. Parker vividly interweaves the human stories--since lost to history--of visitors and slaves, overseers and soldiers, and of the families whose fortunes and fame rose and fell on sugar. Their wealth drove the development of the North American mainland states, and with it a slave culture, as the racist plantation model was exported to the warm southern states. Eventually opposition to sugar policy in London helped to unite the North American colonies against Britain. Broad in scope and rich in detail, "The Sugar Barons" freshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America, and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.


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    Title
    The Sugar Barons
    Subtitle
    Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matthew Parker, Narrator Jonathan Cowley
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 74 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452652610
    ISBN 10: 1452652619
    Classifications

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
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    Libri: I-JV
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57870
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070010
    DC22: 972.9
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 338.1/73609729
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    DC22: 338.17360972
    LC classification: HD9114.W47 P37 2011D
    BIC subject category V2: JFFX
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, KCZ, NHK, JBF
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    16 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Matthew Parker, the author of "Panama Fever," "Monte Cassino," and "The Sugar Barons," has written for a number of newspapers and magazines and has worked as a contributor to history television projects. Jonathan Cowley is a British actor whose recording of "The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise" by Julia Stuart earned him an "AudioFile" Earphones Award. He has narrated many audiobooks as well as film trailers and documentaries on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Review quote
    "The drama [Cowley] injects into the scenes is entirely consistent with the author's style." ---AudioFile