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Marsha

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Parker
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent, dramatic, and shocking history. For some 200 years after 1650, the West Indies became the strategic center of the Western world, witnessing one of the greatest power struggles of the age as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar - a commodity so lucrative it became known as "white gold".

    Pamela says: "Little known bit of history"
    "Very Happy"
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    If you could sum up The Sugar Barons in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Informative, Well Written


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cowley – was your favorite?

    There were so many characters, it was hard to keep up with them all but I think the Beckford's were pretty interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It only reinforced my belief that greed is timeless. And that there is hope that we learn from our mistakes and try to correct it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Sugar Barons but there is a lot of information. I listen when I walk and the author was pretty good at keeping you up on who was who. A lot of names and dates and statistics. I did thoroughly enjoy the book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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