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The Sugar Barons Hardcover – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st Edition edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091925835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091925833
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Very impressive - a meticulously researched piece of work, and so engagingly written. It taught me so much that I didn't know about British Caribbean history. What a story!"--Andrea Levy, author of Small Island and The Long Song

"Gripping ... a compendium of greed, horrible ingenuity and wickedness, but also a fascinating and thoughtful social history"--William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals

"Matthew Parker's admirable and frequently gripping book ... charts the Caribbean islands' profound effect on both British and wider European and African history ... he has the most extraordiary material at his disposal"--Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times

"In The Sugar Barons, Parker provides a glittery history of the British impresarios, heiresses and remittance men involved in Caribbean slavery... racy, well-researched history... The Sugar Barons provides eloquent testimony to the mercantile greed of a few and manifest misery endured by millions in the pursuit of sweetness"--Ian Thomson, Guardian

"Fabulously researched, the diary entries, letters and papers reveal a staggering level of corruption and cruelty. But despite the soap opera potential of the truly scandalous tales, Parker refuses to sweeten his matter-of-fact prose style for the casual page-burner. Instead he construct, piece by piece, what amounts to a compelling prosecution of the slavery and Imperial greed that left a shocking legacy in the region"--Wanderlust

"Compelling, wonderful ... The Sugar Barons is an exemplary book; history as it should be written."--Andrea Stuart, Independent

"Able and well-researched... As Matthew Parker's engaging book demonstrates, by 1750 the sugar trade, like gas and oil today, had infiltrated so many aspects of national life that it has become a power in the land in its own right. Politicians courted it and men died in its service. It had become a national necessity."--Literary Review

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Power, money and corruption in the British Empire: the English families for whom the sugar trade brought wealth beyond their wildest dreams

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