The Dead Yard: A Story of Modern Jamaica (Google eBook)

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Nation Books, Mar 29, 2011 - Social Science - 384 pages
13 Reviews
Named the Dolman Travel Book of the Year, The Dead Yard paints an unforgettable portrait of modern Jamaica. Since independence, Jamaica has gradually become associated with twin images--a resort-style travel Eden for foreigners and a new kind of hell for Jamaicans, a society where gangs control the areas where most Jamaicans live and drug lords like Christopher Coke rule elites and the poor alike.

Ian Thomson's brave book explores a country of lost promise, where America's hunger for drugs fuels a dependent economy and shadowy politics. The lauded birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, Jamaica is now sunk in corruption and hopelessness. A synthesis of vital history and unflinching reportage, The Dead Yard is "a fascinating account of a beautiful, treacherous country" (Irish Times).

  

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Review: The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica

User Review  - Johann Brandstatter - Goodreads

Ian Thomson is a very thoughtful, humane and well informed writer. " The dead yard " is well researched and backed up by numerous trips to Jamaica. This is not by itself, a " travel book ". It goes ... Read full review

Review: The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica

User Review  - Gweneta Maragh-borden - Goodreads

As a Jamaican, I was skeptical of this book because of its title. After reading the praises from other authors, acknowledgement and introduction, I threw it down in anger (I would love to speak to him ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction A History of Paradise
1
1 Black Man in Hammersmith Palais
9
2 Trench Town Mix Up
23
3 Strictly Come Dancehall
33
4 Slaving
49
5 Massa Day Done?
62
6 Ive Got to Go Back Home
74
7 Forward Unto Zion
88
16 Nanny Knew Best
205
17 The Killing of a Chinese Shopkeeper
219
18 007 Shanty Town
232
19 Sitting in Limbo
252
20 Police and Thieves
268
21 Night Nurse
282
22 Scotland Yard
291
23 Herbsman Hustle
304

8 Maximum Black
97
9 Stranded on Death Row
112
10 The Negotiator
122
11 Blood and Fire
131
12 Revival Time
143
13 Dont Call Us Immigrants
154
14 English Upbringing Background Caribbean
175
15 Everything Crash
190
24 Investors in People Cargo
317
25 Lord Creator
325
26 Life of Contradiction
337
Epilogue Take Down the Union Jack
346
Further Reading
350
Index
357
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About the author (2011)

Ian Thomson is the author of Primo Levi, which won the Royal Society of Literature's W. H. Heinemann Award in 2003. He lives in London.

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