This amazing book introduced many topics that I was totally unfamiliar with. The historical relationship with Haiti, for instance, was definitely enlightening. I was slightly embarrassed by my ignorance on the subject of a culture located so close to mainland USA, and with a resident Dominican population numbering in the thousands, sharing our communities! We need to learn more about this country with such a long and turbulent history. The Dominican Republic is of course much more than the wonderful Sammy Sosa.Cambeira's book places in firm historical and cultural perspective the meaning of Caribbean identity. This is truly a haunting tale, written in a magnificent, untraditional style that readily appeals to persons like myself...who usually found history texts boring. Cambeira's work is far from boring... this is outstanding.