What more do you need to know about the Atlantic slave trade? This book will certainly have the answer. This mighty tome is now probably the definitive reference to the entire trade. It is massively comprehensive, taking a very broad look at the trade, so many nations were involved, their respective individual roles are thoroughly examined, and how they were interdependant becomes obvious. Thomas's main question is why did this continue for so long? The answer isn't as simple as 'many, many people were benefitting from this'.
This provactive book makes me look for a modern parallel for a such hideous conduct of man against man, something with monstrous consequences that have been so universally (and weakly) condemned for many generations, but have been so widely tolerated at the same time - a stark example is extreme poverty, famine, disease in the third world. Many many people are benefitting from this in the same way as countless others did during slavery.
The more things change... this book gives me an expansive, in-depth picture of those mechanisms (which defied religion, economics, and basic humanity) that made slavery endure, by extension may still ensure that third world exploitation and it's widespread misery persist.
Here are the roots of modern capitalism and globalisation.
Here is essential reading for anyone who doesn't understand the (enduring) impact of these centuries of monstrous and and also banal evil - not to persuade or convince but just to enlighten