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From the PublisherRobert B. Edgerton
Hugh Thomas has given us the most comprehensive account of the Atlantic Slave Trade ever written.
The Slave Trade is more than just a history of the transatlantic peddling of human flesh. It is the story, in microcosm, of four continents: Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. Thomas weaves a tale of merchants and slaves; of diplomats and clergymen; of philosophers, statesmen, abolitionists, and rulers that readers will find surprisingly engaging.
The New York Times Book Review
Well researched...engaging...a fine narrative history.
Masterly....With its uncompromising show of erudition drawn from a wealth of original and secondary sources, The Slave Trade is an indispensable account of a repugnant institution.
Detroit Free Press
Thomas has taken a sprawling subject and turned it into a disciplined, compelling narrative.