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  • The black Plato of our generation ... the founding father of African emancipation.

    The Times
  • Contains some of the finest and most deeply felt polemical writing against slavery and racism ever to be published.

    Time Out
  • The Black Jacobins is one of the great books of the twentieth century ... one that wrote the history of a people supposedly without history.

    Catherine Hall
  • James is, quite simply, the outstanding West Indian of the twentieth century.

    Caryl Phillips
  • A starting point and an intellectual inspiration ... a classic of masterly historical writing.

    James Walvin
  • James is not afraid to touch his pen with the flame of ardent personal feeling - a sense of justice, love of freedom, admiration for heroism, hatred for tyranny - and his detailed, richly documented and dramatically written book holds a deep and lasting interest.

    New York Times

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