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Posted April 7, 2008
Colin Grant brings fresh insight to the iconic Marcus Garvey
Every once in a while, I come across a book which is a truly magnificient piece of work. Colin Grant's extensively researched and nuanced writing in 'Negro With a Hat', is up there, with the very best. Even more so when I realised that he is a first-time author. I'm convinced that he is a writer that we shall be hearing much more of. I've read many glowing reviews in the British press, but wanted to make up my own mind. As I understand it, this is the first biography on Garvey in decades. Grant skillfully demonstrates that, in order to understand Garvey, it is necessary to have an appreciation of the era in which he came to the forefront and complexities therein. I was stunned by the exciting, almost cinematic approach of 'Negro With a Hat' to this maddeningly complex character, Marcus Garvey. Grant's portrayal is lucid and intelligent and doesn't shy away from the questions that I and my friends have been asking for years - was Marcus Garvey a prophet or a fool? Grant clearly admires the great leader without playing down his foibles. His honest and compelling book is also accessible and deserves to be widely read. For those who relish a challenging read and want to be enlightened with a completely different perspective on Garvey, the man, this is a must-read. Highly recommended.
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Posted December 16, 2012