Monday, September 14, 2015

Mailbox Monday (9/14/15 edition)

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Mailbox Monday is hosted here. I've received a few new books recently:

Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen
Won through LibraryThing 

When they were too impoverished to raise their families, ancient Sumerians sold their children into bondage. Slave women in Rome faced never-ending household drudgery. The ninth-century Zanj were transported from East Africa to work the salt marshes of Iraq. Cotton pickers worked under terrible duress in the American South.

Ancient history? Tragically, no. In our time, slavery wears many faces. James Kofi Annan's parents in Ghana sold him because they could not feed him. Beatrice Fernando had to work almost around the clock in Lebanon. Julia Gabriel was trafficked from Arizona to the cucumber fields of South Carolina.

Five Thousand Years of Slavery provides the suspense and emotional engagement of a great novel. It is an excellent resource with its comprehensive historical narrative, firsthand accounts, maps, archival photos, paintings and posters, an index, and suggestions for further reading. Much more than a reference work, it is a brilliant exploration of the worst - and the best - in human society.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

A LibraryThing win! I hope you love it.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Enjoy your book! It looks interesting....thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Serena said...

This -- Five Thousand Years of Slavery -- sounds deeply disturbing.

Vicki said...

Sounds like it would be a tough read. Very emotional.

Tina said...

Serious reading. I have to be in the mood for that. Just got The Girl on the Train and plan to start it soon.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Reading!!

I hope you are having a good week.

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