Slavery’s Exiles: Review

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This book is an interesting and informative account of slave maroons in the United States.  I tend to be interested in books that pertain to slavery, so I was pretty excited to read this book.

I had no prior knowledge of slave maroons, whether in the United States or other countries, when I began reading this book. The author does a really nice job of breaking things down for a reader who has never heard of the topic before without dumbing the subject down. There is a perfect amount of story and cold, hard facts in this book, making it easy to immerse into and enjoy.

By the end of the book I felt that I had really learned a lot. The author covers seemingly everything about slave maroons in the United States, without making things to repetitive. The chapters also tie nicely together, allowing all of the details to flow into a comprehensive storyline. There is a lot of information in this book but it is presented in an easy to understand manner.

The writing in this book is really well done. The author does a fantastic job of merging direct quotes smoothly into the story. I loved how, especially at the beginning of the book, each chapter starts with a direct quote describing roughly what the chapter would focus on. I thought that was a unique and pleasant touch to the story. I also enjoyed how the author managed to avoid excess description but managed to convey an informative story to the reader, which is the true mark of an excellent nonfiction book.

Bottom Line: I would give this book 9/10 stars. There was a lot of information presented in a pleasant and easy to understand manner, making this book an enjoyable nonfiction read.

Received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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