Negro with a Hat

Negro with a Hat : The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey

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New in paperback, this groundbreaking biography captures the full sweep and epic dimensions of Marcus Garvey's life, the dazzling triumphs and the dreary exile. As Grant shows, Garvey was a man of contradictions: a self-educated, poetry-writing aesthete and unabashed propagandist, an admirer of Lenin, and a dandy given to elaborate public displays. Above all, he was a shrewd promoter whose use of pageantry evoked a lost African civilization and fired the imagination of his followers. Negro With a Hat restores Garvey to his place as one of the founders of black nationalism and a key figure of the 20th century. "A searching, vivid, and (as the title suggests) complex account of Garvey's short but consequential life." -Steve Hahn, The New Republic "The story of Marcus Garvey, the charismatic and tireless black leader who had a meteoric rise and fall in the late 1910s and early '20s, makes for enthralling reading, and Garvey has found an engaging and objective biographer in Colin Grant...Grant's book is not all politics, ideology, money and lawsuits. It is also an engrossing social history...Negro With a Hat is an achievement on a scale Garvey might have appreciated." -New York Times Book Review "Dazzling, definitive biography of the controversial activist who led the 1920s 'Back to Africa' movement...Grant's learned passion for his subject shimmers on every page. A riveting and well-wrought volume that places Garvey solidly in the pantheon of important 20th-century black leaders." -Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "This splendid book is certain to become the definitive biography. Garvey was a dreamer and a doer; Grant captures the fascination of both." -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Grant's strength lies in his ability to re-create political moods and offer compelling sketches of colorful individuals and their organizations...An engaging and readable introduction to a complicated and contentious historical actor who, in his time, possessed a unique capacity to inspire devotion and hatred, adulation and fear." -Chicago Tribune "A monumental, nuanced and broadly sympathetic portrait." -Financial Timesshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 35 halftones on 16 pages
  • 0195367944
  • 9780195367942

About Colin Grant

Colin Grant is an independent historian who works for BBC Radio. The son of Jamaican parents, he lives in London.show more

Table of contents

Prologue: A Premature Death ; Chapter One: Bury the Dead and Take Care of the Living ; Chapter Two: Almost an Englishman ; Chapter Three: In the Company of Negroes ; Chapter Four: An Ebony Orator in Harlem ; Chapter Five: No Flag but the Stars and Stripes - and possibly the Union Jack ; Chapter Six: If We Must Die ; Chapter Seven: How to Manufacture a Traitor ; Chapter Eight: Harlem Speaks for Scattered Ethiopia ; Chapter Nine: Flyin' Home on the Black Star Line ; Chapter Ten: A Star in the Storm ; Chapter Eleven: He Who Plays the King ; Chapter Twelve: Last Stop Liberia ; Chapter Thirteen: Not to Mention his Colour ; Chapter Fourteen: Behold the Demagogue or Misunderstood Messiah ; Chapter Fifteen: Caging the Tiger ; Chapter Sixteen: Into the Furnace ; Chapter Seventeen: Silence Mr. Garvey ; Chapter Eighteen: Gone to Foreign ; Epilogueshow more

Review quote

Grant's book is a fine and valuable monument to his memory. * New Statesman * Critics on both sides of the Atlantic seem to agree that this passionate and well-balanced work will go a long way to cementing Garvey's place among black historical figures. * Caribbean Beat * If a few blacks congregating on a street corner is still considered a threat to National Security, you can imagine the problems that Marcus Garvey encountered when he organized a whole bunch of them. Hounded by the Federal Government, the right, the left, the usual arm chair intellectuals and academics, Garvey found himself constantly under attack, yet, like the Napoleon, with whom some compared "The Man With A Hat," Garvey survived to fight on. He was also a prophet, predicting the day when KKK thinking would become mainstream. Colin Grant has not only written the best biography of one of the most fascinating persons of the 20th Century, but, for a historical work, an exciting read, part romance, part big screen political thriller. * Ishmael Reed * Grant...provides a monumental, nuanced and broadly sympathetic portrait.... Grant's book - his first - is a welcome and scholarly corrective. * Financial Times * Informative and fascinating, Grant's profile of Garvey is a vital contribution. * Booklist * Grant's biography ably captures the Garvey moment, although, perhaps wisely, he leaves the many contradictions in Garvey's character unresolved. * The New Yorker * Grant's strength lies in his ability to re-create political moods and offer compelling sketches of colorful individuals and their organizations.... Negro With a Hat is an engaging and readable introduction to a complicated and contentious historical actor who, in his time, possessed a unique capacity to inspire devotion and hatred, adulation and fear. * Chicago Tribune * Dense with detail, but consistently readable, this splendid book is certain to become the definitive biography. Garvey was a dreamer and a doer; Grant captures the fascination of both. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * Dazzling, definitive biography of the controversial activist who led the 1920s "Back to Africa" movement.... Grant's learned passion for his subject shimmers on every page A riveting and well-wrought volume that places Garvey solidly in the pantheon of important 20th-century black leaders. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * The story of Marcus Garvey, the charismatic and tireless black leader who had a meteoric rise and fall in the late 1910s and early '20s, makes for enthralling reading, and Garvey has found an engaging and objective biographer in Colin Grant.... Grant's book is not all politics, ideology, money and lawsuits. It is also an engrossing social history.... 'Negro With a Hat' is an achievement on a scale Garvey might have appreciated. * New York Times Book Review * In Negro With a Hat, he has produced a searching, vivid, and (as the title suggests) complex account of Garvey's short but consequential life. * Steve Hahn, The New Republic *show more

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