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The Elusive Eric Williams (Ken Boodhoo)

elusiveericwilliamsWho exactly was Eric Williams?

Publicly he is remembered as Trinidad and Tobago’s charismatic first Chief Minister and Prime Minister, the man who led his country to independence and dominated its political life for 25 years. And he was the distinguished historian whose Capitalism and Slavery turned received ideas about the Atlantic slave trade upside down.

But behind the public face — the writer, the international bureaucrat, the politician — was a private personality of great complexity, obsessive secrecy and baffling contradictions.

In this ground-breaking study, Ken Boodhoo sets out to paint a human portrait of the man behind the public mask. The result is a fresh understanding of one of the Caribbean’s most formidable personalities, and of how much has been hidden for so long.


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