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Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution
Modernity Disavowed
Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0822332906
Modernity Disavowed is a pathbreaking study of the cultural, political, and philosophical significance of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). Revealing how the radical antislavery politics of this seminal event have been suppressed and ignored in historical and cultural records over the past two hundred years, Sibylle Fischer contends that revolutionary antislavery and its subsequent disavowal are central to the formation and understanding of Western modernity. She develops a powerful argument that the denial of revolutionary antislavery eventually became a crucial ingredient in a range of hegemonic thought, including Creole nationalism in the Caribbean and G. W. F. Hegel's master-slave dialectic.

Fischer draws on history, literary scholarship, political theory, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory to examine a range of material, including Haitian political and legal documents and nineteenth-century Cuban and Dominican literature and art. She demonstrates that at a time when racial taxonomies were beginning to mutate into scientific racism and racist biology, the Haitian revolutionaries recognized the question of race as political. Yet, as the cultural records of neighboring Cuba and the Dominican Republic show, the story of the Haitian Revolution has been told as one outside politics and beyond human language, as a tale of barbarism and unspeakable violence. From the time of the revolution onward, the story has been confined to the margins of history: to rumors, oral histories, and confidential letters. Fischer maintains that without accounting for revolutionary antislavery and its subsequent disavowal, Western modernity-including its hierarchy of values, depoliticization of social goals having to do with racial differences, and privileging of claims of national sovereignty-cannot be fully understood.

The Negro in the Caribbean
The Negro in the Caribbean
Paperback      ISBN: 1617590088
The New Rum: A Modern Guide to the Spirit of the Americas
The New Rum
A Modern Guide to the Spirit of the Americas
Hardcover      ISBN: 1682680002

Rum, traditionally relegated to cloying cocktails or tropical- themed novelty drinks, is undergoing a global renaissance. In bars and distilleries across the world, rum is being defined as a dynamic, complex, and versatile drink. New to the scene of connoisseurship, rum is a spirit of possibilities, inviting imaginative bartenders and mixologists to leave their marks on this burgeoning movement.

In The New Rum, award- winning drinks author Bryce T. Bauer charts the historical and cultural journey of the spirit of the Americas from its origins in the Caribbean, to its long- held status as a cheap vacation drink, to today's inspiring craft revival. This rum-spiked travelogue also includes a producer- focused drinks guide, covering dozens of the world's most innovative and iconic producers, making everything from Martinique rhum agricole to long-aged sippers from Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

Night of Fire: The Black Napoleon and the Battle for Haiti
Night of Fire
The Black Napoleon and the Battle for Haiti
Paperback      ISBN: 0962761370

The largest, and only successful, slave revolt in history took place in Haiti in 1791, shortly after the French Revolution. First organized by a voodoo priest, the rebellion soon came under the leadership of an educated, Catholic slave named Toussaint Louverture--a man of such military and political skill that he was referred to by contemporaries as the "Black Napoleon".

On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti
On That Day, Everybody Ate
One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti
Paperback      ISBN: 0977333892

Following her husband's untimely death, Margaret Trost visited Haiti to heal her broken heart through service. Struggling to make sense of the extreme poverty, and touched by the warmth and resilience of those she meets, she partners with a local community to develop a food program that now serves thousands of meals each week to children and others in need. On That Day, Everybody Ate, which now includes a post-earthquake update, tells the story of her remarkable journey.

The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd
The Pirate Hunter
The True Story of Captain Kidd
Paperback      ISBN: 0786884517

A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups. Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Pirate Hunters
Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Paperback      ISBN: 0812973690
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE - A thrilling adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of Shadow Divers

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men--John Chatterton and John Mattera--are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea--his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history--it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren't enough to track down Bannister's ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate's exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it's only when they learn to think and act like pirates--like Bannister--that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.

Praise for Pirate Hunters

"You won't want to put it] down."--Los Angeles Times

"An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day."--Diver

"Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . Kurson has] found gold."--The Dallas Morning News

"Rollicking . . . a fascinating story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures."--The Boston Globe

" Kurson's] narration is just as engrossing as the subject."--The Christian Science Monitor

"A wild ride and an] extraordinary adventure . . . Kurson's own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr. Kurson's narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow--and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes."--The Wall Street Journal

" Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the 'Golden Age of Piracy' . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history."--Booklist

"A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It's all true."--Lee Child
Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Pirate Hunters
Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Hardcover      ISBN: 1400063361

"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "CHICAGO TRIBUNE "A thrilling adventure ofdangeranddeep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of "Shadow Divers"
Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men John Chatterton and John Mattera are willing to risk everything to find the "Golden Fleece, " the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard s, more daring than Kidd s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time.If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren t enough to track down Bannister s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it s only when they learn to think and act like pirates like Bannister that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.
Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, "Pirate Hunters" is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.
Praise for "Pirate Hunters"
You won t want to put it] down. "Los Angeles Times"
An exceptional adventure . . . Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips. "Library Journal" (starred review)
A terrific read . . . The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day. "Diver"
Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel: the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense . . . Kurson has] found gold. "The Dallas Morning News"
Rollicking . . . a fascinating story] about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures. "The Boston Globe"
Kurson s] narration is just as engrossing as the subject. "The Christian Science Monitor"
A wild ride and an] extraordinary adventure . . . Kurson s own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr. Kurson s narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow and Bannister. . . . As depicted by the author, they are real-life Hemingway heroes. "The Wall Street Journal"
Kurson] takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the Golden Age of Piracy . . . thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history. "Booklist"
A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It s all true. Lee Child"

Poetics of Relation
Poetics of Relation
Paperback      ISBN: 0472066293

douard Glissant, long recognized in the French and francophone world as one of the greatest writers and thinkers of our times, is increasingly attracting attention from English-speaking readers. Born in Martinique in 1928, Glissant earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne. When he returned to his native land in the mid-sixties, his writing began to focus on the idea of a relational poetics, which laid the groundwork for the cr olit movement, fueled by the understanding that Caribbean culture and identity are the positive products of a complex and multiple set of local historical circumstances. Some of the metaphors of local identity Glissant favored--the hinterland (or lack of it), the maroon (or runaway slave), the creole language--proved lasting and influential.
In Poetics of Relation, Glissant turns the concrete particulars of Caribbean reality into a complex, energetic vision of a world in transformation. He sees the Antilles as enduring suffering imposed by history, yet as a place whose unique interactions will one day produce an emerging global consensus. Arguing that the writer alone can tap the unconscious of a people and apprehend its multiform culture to provide forms of memory capable of transcending nonhistory, Glissant defines his poetics of relation--both aesthetic and political--as a transformative mode of history, capable of enunciating and making concrete a French-Caribbean reality with a self-defined past and future. Glissant's notions of identity as constructed in relation and not in isolation are germane not only to discussions of Caribbean creolization but also to our understanding of U.S. multiculturalism. In Glissant's view, we come to see that relation in all its senses--telling, listening, connecting, and the parallel consciousness of self and surroundings--is the key to transforming mentalities and reshaping societies.
This translation of Glissant's work preserves the resonating quality of his prose and makes the richness and ambiguities of his voice accessible to readers in English.
The most important theoretician from the Caribbean writing today. . . . He is central not only to the burgeoning field of Caribbean studies, but also to the newly flourishing literary scene in the French West Indies. --Judith Graves Miller, University of Wisconsin, Madison
douard Glissant is Distinguished Professor of French at City University of New York, Graduate Center. Betsy Wing's recent translations include Lucie Aubrac's Outwitting the Gestapo (with Konrad Bieber), Didier Eribon's Michel Foucault and H l ne Cixous's The Book of Promethea.

Political Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic
Political Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic
Hardcover      ISBN: 0230609538

What is 'authoritarian rule' and is it best studied? Using the Dominican Republic, this book investigates new methods of analysis, arguing that it should be imperative to approach authoritarian histories - like other histories - on the basis of detailed investigations of power relationships, everyday practices and meanings.