Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture

Madison Smartt Bell


on the finish of the 1700s, French Saint Domingue was once the richest and such a lot brutal colony within the Western Hemisphere. an insignificant twelve years later, even if, Haitian rebels had defeated the Spanish, British, and French and declared independence after the first—and only—successful slave insurrection in background. a lot of the luck of the revolution has to be credited to 1 guy, Toussaint Louverture, a determine approximately whom unusually little is understood. during this attention-grabbing biography, Madison Smartt Bell, award-winning writer of a trilogy of novels that examine Haiti’s heritage, combines a novelist’s ardour with a deep wisdom of the ancient milieu that produced the fellow classified a saint, a martyr, or a shrewdpermanent opportunist who instigated the most violent occasions in smooth heritage. the 1st biography in English in over sixty years of the guy who led the Haitian Revolution, this is often an enticing reexamination of the debatable, paradoxical chief.

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