Originally I bought this book to learn more about the slave revolt on Haiti, but this is only one of many stories the book tells. Still, I had no reason to be disappointed. I found an extraordinarily good researched book that only struggles with one task: readability.
This struggle is only partially successful. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for Hochschild to press the results of extensive research onto a few hundred pages. But I think a few anecdotes less would have been a great gain for this book. For every one of these anecdotes is told in quite a 'side-consuming matter' and is becoming rather a side-story; scientifically correctly depicted with dates, persons,… Mehr dazu