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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712667636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712667630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Much more than just a catalogue of horrors... James Walvin is extraordinarily alert to the contradictions within the human heart... Walvin is never blind to the horrors of slavery, nor to the responsibility of individuals for their actions. But he recognises that the world was different then and that the institution of slavery encouraged individual acts of evil that would otherwise never have occurred" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

"Taken together, their stories provide a remarkably intimate insider's perspective on the slave trade, and give us some sense of its staggering human cost" (Michael Kerrigan Scotsman)

"How did Britain, the 'slave trading poacher' of the 18th century, transform herself into the 'abolitionist game-keeper' of the 19th century?... James Walvin, a renowned historian of black people in Britain, finds answers to this mystery in the lives of three men who contributed, sometimes unwittingly, to the demise of a seemingly unassailable evil" (Esther Godfrey Daily Telegraph)

"James Walvin here addresses the enormity of the slave trade by looking in depth at three individuals inextricably bound up in it" (London Review of Books)

"A remarkable and gripping story, asking profound questions" (Independent)

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A unique and dramatic book about the Atlantic slave trade.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tortuga on 10 Jun 2011
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I am currently doing a history course and we are covering slavery. The different perspectives offered in this trilogy have helped a great deal. The harshness of the traders and owners will never cease to amaze and disgust normal decent people. The excuse that ' it was acceptable then....' does not wash! It is clear from this account that racism was born from the trade to make the traders feel justified. Many have held the view that slavery grew because of racism... wrong oh so wrong. I must stop before I get too angry about the issue.
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By MoAbs on 27 Oct 2012
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Great book if you like the subject and give you a good history from the traders view. Good read for anyone too
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davies on 20 Oct 2009
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As all of Walwin's books somewhat repetitive with limited analysis, but the stories of the three individuals are well selected. The slave owner was new to me and genuinely shocking.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Patricia M. Clegg on 13 Mar 2010
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A brilliant and wonderfully constructed and eminently readable book detailing a dark and hellish period in our recent history.
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By Rey Bowen on 19 Oct 2014
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