Capitalism and Slavery - Eric Williams, Andre Deutsch, London, 1967. An influential and seminal work on the economic history of the Caribbean and the importance of slavery to the industrial revolution. Written in 1942 by the present Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Growth of the Modern West Indies - Gordon K. Lewis, Monthly Review Press, New York and London, 1969. A meandering, richly detailed and loving look at the history and peoples of the region. Good for dipping in and out of.
Jamaica: Caribbean Challenge - EPICA TaskForce, Washington, 1979. Compre-hensive, readable digest on politics and development of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s major member. Particularly good on post-independence history and class conflicts. Highly recommended. Available from EPICA, 1470 Irving St., Washington, D.C. 20010, $3.50 plus postage.
Caribbean Contact - Published monthly by the Caribbean Council of Churches, edited by Rickey Singh. The best regional newspaper with good coverage on most islands. Highly respected and critical reporting by top Caribbean writers. Available from Caribbean Contact, PO Box 616, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
The Caribbean Connection - Robert Chodos, James Lorimer & Co., Toronto, 1977. A biting, journalistic account of Canada’s role in the West Indies. Good general chapters on economic history and tourism.
The Black Jacobins - C.L.R. James, Penguin, 1980. The classic study, by one of the Caribbean’s most famous political thinkers, of Haiti’s massive slave revolt of 1798.
Caribbean Economy - Edited by George Beckford, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Kingston, 1975. A wide-ranging selection of essays on major aspects of Caribbean development. The writing is uneven and so is the scholarship. Heavy slogging at times. Be selective.