on 8 August 2011
Having an interest in West Indian and American history, I was excited to find a book on this subject; however, I found this particular book extremely disappointing. It is such a turgid and difficult read that it can only be someone's doctoral thesis which has been dressed up for publication. In addition, since the approach is topical rather than chronological, it difficult to form an overall impression of the historical events with which it deals. Moreover, it presumes a detailed prior knowledge of the American Revolutionary War without which the context of much that is recounted is obscured. One does not really emerge with an understanding of the impact of the American Revolution on the British Caribbean or vici versa. This is an important topic and it is a pity that this material was not handled in a more interesting, coherent way by a better writer. Unless you are an academic with an interest in this topic, it would be advisable to avoid this book.