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Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers

by Elliot Bastien & Sandra Bernard-Bastien

 

Arrow Publications, LLC, Maryland

 

ISBN: 978-1-942972-07-5

 

A hard cover, high-gloss, full-color, perfect bound, coffee table book.

 

176 pages long, with almost 400 pictures

 

8.455" x 10.68" in landscape format.

As its name implies, the book features individuals (336 of them, descended from 25 Caribbean countries) who have distinguished themselves in the United States of America, by making major contributions to the development of the nation.

 

Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican

Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,St.

Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago

 

The book contains bios of descendants from almost all the countries of the Caribbean with heavy representation from Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.

 

Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent

& the Grenadines, Suriname, and the

Virgin Islands

 

Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and the Virgin Islands are also well represented.

 

Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and St.

Maarten/St. Martin/Saba

 

Countries with somewhat lower representation include Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and St. Maarten/St. Martin/Saba

 

The book also features a section on the cultural contributions of Caribbean Americans.

 

The authors, Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien, did not want to write a history book, because history books are academic treatises, mostly read by those who have to answer questions in an examination room. So they wrote a series of short pieces describing the achievements of outstanding individuals in language that is not academic.

 

The reader will see that this

book chronicles the

development of the United

States of America, because

Caribbean Americans were

major participants at every

defining moment in the nation’s

history, beginning with one of

the major founding fathers.

 

The book’s foreword is written by the distinguished President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A.I.

Frederick.

 

It is an ideal reference book because it tells of Caribbean American achievements across a broad range of areas - from a Secretary of State to a Speaker of the House, from political activists to US senators, from inventors to sporting heroes, from Academy Award winners to Nobel Prize winners, and from prize-winning journalists to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

 

The authors hope that this book

will encourage the young to

strive for the excellence that is

portrayed between its covers.

 

 

ABOUT THE FRONT COVER

ABOUT THE BACK COVER

Beribboned in the distinctive red white and blue of the American flag, the laurel leaf of victory frames an embossed pattern of a Caribbean coconut palm, carried aloft by the iconic American eagle. This gold medal of achievement, prominent against a black background, establishes the central theme of the book, a compelling narrative of extraordinary achievements. The striking design of the book’s front cover prepares readers for the retelling of the amazing journey of Caribbean immigrants, and their descendants, across the pages of American history.

 

"Since the earliest chapters of our history,

Caribbean American have shaped every

aspect of our society......"

President Barack Obama

By the time readers get to the end of the book, they are satisfied that the excerpt from the Presidential

Proclamation, recreated on a scroll of ancient parchment, placed against the black background of the back cover, has been fully earned. The proclamation, issued by President Barack Obama on June 1st 2012, announced June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month in glowing terms: “Since the earliest chapters of our history, Caribbean Americans have shaped every aspect of our society…”

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