A Short History of the West Indies 4e Paperback – 15 Dec 1987
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About the Author
Following the death of Dr. John Parry, Sir Philip Sherlock who is now Executive Vice-President of the Caribbean Resources Development Foundation Inc. was fortunate in securing the co-author for this fourth edition. Dr. Anthony Maingot, a distinguished West Indian scholar who has an established reputation as an authority on the Caribbean. Dr Maingot is currently Professor at the Florida International University and Director of its Graduate Programme in International Studies.
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The binding of the book is not the best so make sure you buy a copy in good shape!!! Happy Reading
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Probably the major advantage of this book compared to alternatives is the solid discussion of the political development of the islands in a way that is easy to follow and remember. With so many disparate islands being discussed, it is easy to get lost. The discussion clearly distinguishes between the larger and smaller islands and that makes it all clear.
The analysis of slavery's development and its consequences also is quite clear.
Probably the major drawback of this book -- or at least the printing of the 1987 fourth edition which I acquired in Bequia in the Grenadines -- is the large number of typos. Shame on Macmillan Caribbean. There probably is one typo every ten pages or so.
I would rate this book as outstanding if it weren't for two drawbacks: the typos; and the writing style changes at the end because a co-author was added later. Neither of these compromises the high quality of the history itself.