Why did I love this book?
This is a magisterial and moving historical work that Black people young and old can read to redress the criminal erasure of our history from the respectful discussion of the modern world. Howard French was The New York Times bureau chief for West Africa and the Caribbean for two decades and he brings to this masterpiece the broad perspective and narrative assuredness that one would expect from such an intellectual. Born in Blackness centers West and Central African political and economic history, as well as the Black diaspora brought about by transatlantic slavery, in French’s telling of the formation of our world. There’s really no way to summarize the boldness, the sheer breadth, and impressiveness of French’s achievement.