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Biography & Memoirs

Daddy Sharpe

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of  Samuel Sharpe, A West Indian Slave Written by Himself, 1832 Locked in prison, awaiting a sentence of certain execution, Samuel Sharpe retells the story of his life in the first person narrative, beginning with his boyhood days at Cooper’s Hill in St James and ending with his surrender to the authorities after his defeat in the Great Jamaican Slave Revolt of 1831. By: Fred Kennedy


Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean

Born in Trinidad, Eric Williams (1911–1981) founded the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s first modern political party in 1956, led the country’s movement for independence from the British culminating in 1962, and became the nation’s first prime minister. Before entering politics, he earned a doctorate from Oxford University, was a professor at Howard University, and wrote several books, including the classic Capitalism and Slavery. By: Colin A. Palmer


Guide to the Blue and John Crown Mountains

The Guide to the Blue and John Crown Mountains tempts and excites the uninitiated, informs and prepares the committed and provides a wonderful memoir for veterans of the experience of the National Park in Jamaica. From cover to cover, the reader is taken on a tour in time and space around and through the park. The Natural History Society of Jamaica


Michael Manley: The Biography

Michael Manley has been the subject of many books, yet he remains an enigmatic figure to even his family. Twenty years after his passing, Jamaicans and the world remain ambivalent in their judgement of the legacy of this controversial post-independence leader who challenged the history of a complex nation as he sought to build on the legacy of politically and culturally influential parents. By: Godfrey Smith 


Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture

In Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture, Mervyn Morris traces the life of this legendary Jamaican from early beginnings through to her local and international eminence, and discusses aspects of her work. Author: Mervyn Morris


No Stone Unturned

The Carl and Rosie Story In No Stone Unturned, Rosemarie Stone describes in vivid and heartbreaking detail her first reactions to the news of Carl’s illness and the elaborate attempts they both engineer to cover-up their status from Jamaican society and even close family members. By: Rosemarie Stone


The Business of Nation Building

Excerpts form the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane In The Business of Nation Building, Orane’s voice rings loud and clear and the messages from as early as 1983 still resonate. From Entrepreneurship to Sports, Private and Public Sector Management  to Youth Development, Women, Productivity, Leadership, and  the Diaspora and beyond, his passion for country and prescription  for its ills are exemplary. Author: Douglas Orane


The Longer Run

A Daughter’s Memoir of Arthur Wint In The Longer Run, Valerie Wint paints a vivid and rounded portrait of a father, husband, teammate and friend who always managed to remain humble in spite of his professional successes and personal trials. By: Valerie Wint 


Usain Bolt: Legend

Usain Bolt: LEGEND

This beautiful publication pays tribute to Usain Bolt and his deep Jamaican roots that have sustained him throughout an unprecedented period of global sprinting prowess.

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