When I was asked to review “The Slave Trade” By James Walvin, It was with some trepidation because I had read many books on the Slave Trade during my time as a student and expected some weighty and wordy tome that would have to be waded through and then deciphered before I could even begin to think of writing a review.
When the book arrived through my door I was pleasantly surprised though. Instead of the weighty authoritative tome I was expecting the book was relatively thin, just 150 pages, and had an engaging and interesting cover.
Upon opening the book I was pleased to find that as well as having short concise paragraphs explaining the history of the (Transatlantic) slave trade briefly, the book was packed with beautiful and interesting illustrations and prints. To my further delight, and this part had me sold on the book without reading any further than the cover, were the additional facimile documents which were included in a pocket of the back cover. The documents are authentic reproductions of letters from slavers and abolitionists, Wanted/runnaway posters, the Emancipation Proclamation and Slave ship stowage records amongst others. This additional feature along whetted my appetite. Naturally all these documents can be obtained with research, but to have them all together in one book adds a special touch for the reader.
This book is a consice history of slavery perfect for novices and experts alike. For the novice, this is a perfect introduction, beautifully illustrated which cites many examples which allow the reader to then conduct further research. For the seasoned historian this book is a beautiful illustrated companion and teaching aid.
I certainly don’t know everything about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but this book helped me learn quickly and easily, I fully recommend it. When you purchase this book you will not be disappointed, I’m sure it will become a jewel in your collection.
The “Slave Trade” is published by Thames and Hudson, London, as part of the “History Files Range.
- The Slave Trade: Press release
- The Slave Trade – Thames and Hudson