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9258; 15 book list from 1995
Back in 1995 we had a discussion about the SET of 15
books we as a group would recommend to relative
newcomers to Haiti. The discussion raged on for
many weeks, and the final list I sent out is below.
I had introduced the question both to have avaialbe
for people like Casey, and to use in my own courses
on the history of Haiti.
THis is our 1995 task and final list:
Bob Corbett 12/18/95
My original post for discussion of a 15 book reading list didn't do the
job I had hoped -- ending up with a 15 book reading list that could be
recommended to the *relative newcomer* or to students.
PLEASE NOTE: TASK -- It was not to name your favorite books. Rather, what
15 books, taken *as a set* might one recommend to a relatively newcomer to
Haiti, such that if they read the list they would have a fairly good
overview of Haiti.
ALSO NOTE: This is not a list for seasoned scholars, but for relative
newcomers wanting a decent overview of Haiti.
GROUND RULES: The list will be strictly limited to 15 titles. If you
recommend a different title you MUST tell what you would delete in favor
of it, or your entry will not be accepted. If you want a new category,
what book gets dropped from some other category to make room for your new
category and title in it? Thanks, Bob Corbett
1. Heinl and Heinl: WRITTEN IN BLOOD
2. Nicholls: FROM DESSALINE TO DUVALIER
3. Ott: THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION
Relations with the U.S.:
4: Plummer: HAITI AND THE UNITED STATE: THE PHYCHOLOGICAL
5. Trouillot: HAITI, STATE AGAINST NATION
6. Rodman: WHERE ART IS JOY.
7. Brown: MAMA LOLA
8. Hurbon: VOODOO: SEARCH FOR THE SPIRIT
9. Courlander: THE DRUM AND THE HOE
Haiti via fiction:
10. Depestre: THE FESTIVAL OF THE GREASY POLE
11. Roumain: MASTERS OF THE DEW
12. Farmer: USES OF HAITI
13: Fass: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HAITI
14: Price-Mars: THUS SPOKE THE UNCLE
15: Lawless: HAITI'S BAD PRESS
Hey, I like it. Might be a great syllabus for my next course on Haiti. Bob
Should we reopen this whole discussion?