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  • Author:
    Elizabeth Abbott
  • ISBN:
    0709041993
  • ISBN13:
    978-0709041993
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  • Publisher:
    Robert Hale (1991)
  • Pages:
    432 pages
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    Americas
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Elizabeth Abbott's 2003 book examines the large, and often underground history of mistresses

Elizabeth Abbott's 2003 book examines the large, and often underground history of mistresses. Ranging from Roman Europe to Twentieth Century America, Abbott explores the lives of the 'scarlet women' and the implications of their extramarital relationships. A History of Marriage. This is an update of her 1988 book, Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy, commissioned after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, for which she added a new introduction and two new chapters. Global News (20 October 2015).

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This was the first book on Haiti that I read, and there is a lot of detail here. The author really spares no detail in recounting the regimes of the Duvaliers. I must admit that I may have gotten lost in the midst of it all, but I enjoyed every bit of it. That's not quite true.

Elizabeth Abbott's book is an attempt to detail the origins of Duvalierism, and to follow its changes in the various periods of the lives of the two Duvaliers. Finally, she explains how the system works today, and what the political infighting is all about. It is an insider's book. Abbott is married to Joe Namphy, gregarious, fun-loving brother of ex-president General Henri Namphy.

Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy, 1988. A History of Celibacy, 1999. Elizabeth Abbot's third book in her trilogy on the history of relationships examines various rituals of courting, nuptials, marriage, sex, child-raising and divorce. A History of Mistresses, 2003. Elizabeth Abbot's third book in her trilogy on the history of relationships examines various rituals of courting, nuptials, marriage, sex, child-raising and divorce Haiti: A Shattered Nation. Women's spot article on Elizabeth Abbott. Elizabeth Abbot's third book in her trilogy on the history of relationships examines various rituals of courting, nuptials, marriage, sex, child-raising and divorce Seven Stories Press reprinted A History of Marriage in paperback in August 2015. Haiti: A Shattered Nation.

Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy asks and answers different questions about the Duvalier presidencies. What life experience made you become an advocate for animals and the horrors of factory farming?

Duvalier became a dictator, then demented tyrant, his role marked by abuses and atrocities. The poor grew poorer, while the elite ransacked the economy and allowed its agricultural base to go to ruin

Duvalier became a dictator, then demented tyrant, his role marked by abuses and atrocities. The poor grew poorer, while the elite ransacked the economy and allowed its agricultural base to go to ruin. Papa Doc's son inherited the nightmare, but proved incapable of maintaining his father's highly personalized reign of terror. History with a human face, effective, moving, written with surprising and admirable restraint. This she has done with commendable objectivity.

The first inside account of the Duvaliers, father and son, and their legacy, revealing the appalling truth about Haiti under their rule.

Vosho
ONE OF THE MOST EXCELLENT BOOK ON RECENT HISTORY OF HAITI
Conjulhala
Great narrative on the Duvalier history...a tad thick to read, but given the topic, understandable. A great resource.
Dangerous
Great addition to my Haiti library. Flows smoothly. Historical but reads like a novel. Thanks.
Samut
came in a lot better condition than described
Reighbyra
I found myself unable to put this book down. It was clearly written and having lived through much of the history,(from what I read in the news papers),very accurate. Towards the end, the book seemed a little bit biased and one sided in regards to former president Aristide. It seemed Abbott was more interested in listing his faults and why he was deposed, rather than his accomplishments. Nevertheless, the book brought light into some of the most puzzling and harrowing events that occurred during that period in Haiti. It is definitely a must read for students of Haitian history.
Ferne
I was reminded while reading this book of listening to an excited acquaintance with an extensive and astonishing tale to tell; my attention was never lost but the temptation to stop at various points for elaboration was overwhelmed by the fast flowing story. This is by no means a bad thing. Having previously read a book on the Duvaliers, and finding it overly sanitized, this book was the right one to cure that sentiment. The skeleton is provided by a framework of Haiti's history from colonization to the exile of its first elected post-Duvalier president; the meat comes from individual tales garnered from interviews, from the horrible tortures of Duvalier victims to the decadent self-absorbed excesses of "Baby Doc" and his family which led to his ouster. The tales are so engaging that I found myself feeling the emotions reflected in the anecdotes, something a history book rarely successfully accomplishes. Even though the ultimate end of the story was already known, the personalized details lead the reader suspensefully along, eagerly wondering exactly HOW events will unfold.
The book loses the one star only because the dizzying array of places and names may tend to confuse those unfamiliar with Haitian history or geography. In that vein, I would suggest either prior to (or concurrently) reading this book, consulting another general Haitian history book so as not to slow down digesting the narrative in this one. Also, in the book's bibliography in the back, there is a LONG list of interviewees--most of whom figure prominently--along with a one or two sentence biographical sketch which I would have used extensively in sorting out some of this confusion while I read this book, had I not known it was there until after I was finished!
Content-wise, this book is 5 star. It provides insight into the origins of Haitian social and political mentalities, and a highly personal view of the depravities and decadence of the Duvaliers that could not be otherwise (or better) illustrated.
Fordrellador
This was the first book on Haiti that I read, and there is a lot of detail here. The author really spares no detail in recounting the regimes of the Duvaliers. I must admit that I may have gotten lost in the midst of it all, but I enjoyed every bit of it. That's not quite true. There were many parts of this book that I very much did not enjoy, but this was due to the facts of history and the clarity with which they were presented. I remember feeling enraged as I read (in detail) the exploits of many of the people involved and sorrow at the plight of many of the individuals whose stories are told here. For an in depth look at the Haiti of the Duvaliers, this is the book.
I am a Haitian man in my late 20's. I was a few days shy from my 8th birthday when Jean-Claude Duvalier (aka BABY DOC) fled the country. I remember in my neighborhood the joy, excitment and happiness on everyone's face that morning and the endless replay of a song called "Lè'm Pa Ouè Solèy La" (meanning "WHEN I DON'T SEE THE SUN" in reference to a Haiti based radio station called RADIO SOLEY (SUN RADIO) that was shut down by Duvalier's macoutes.)

Back then, I was a kid and couldn't understand very well why so much excitment. Growing up, I've heard so many stories about both Duvalier (PAPA DOC: the father AND BABY DOC: the son). My parents and some older people in my neighborhood used to talk so much about the Duvalier... and some of the accounts were so different (as some portray Papa Doc as a savior, a man with good heart and a vision fort Haiti while others only badmouth him or simply say he was a dictator and was responsible for the fate of haiti today).

After reading "FORT-DIMANCHE: DUNGEON OF DEATH" by Patric Lemoine and "DUVALIER & THE TONTON MACOUTES" a few months earlier, my craving to learn more about 2 of the most tyranic presidents who had ruled my country for 29 years altogether has prompted me to buy this book. I can say this book is more detailed than the book called DUVALIER & THE TONTON MACOUTES... Not only "HAITI: THE DUVALIERS & THEIR LEGACY" gives an accurate and complete account of the 2 dictators, but the author also took time to go back to the Blacks and Mulatoes conflict that existed way before haiti became independent in 1804 and that still exists.

The author also explains the political events and turmoil that took place before PAPA DOC and how those circumstances influenced him before and during his presidency.

This book is definitely a MUST-READ for anyone who wants to learn about politics in Haiti and all Haitians who were born after the Duvalier regime and all Haitian-Americans who want to learn more about Haitian politics, about the Duvaliers and more....about HAITI.