From Joy's list on Caribbean history on piracy and the slave trade.
For the British public, cricket is a major factor in awareness of the West Indies. It is also a critique of colonialism – introduced by the colonisers, which those taught truly made their own. C L R James, a prominent thinker of the twentieth century, was devoted to the game. In this classic summation of half a lifetime spent playing, watching, and writing about the sport, he recounts the story of his overriding passion and tells us of the players whom he knew and loved, exploring the game's psychology and aesthetics, and the issues of class, race, and politics that surround it. The author is “A central figure in the Pan-African movement and the struggle for colonial emancipation.” The socio-political theme is integrated with a study of Caribbean boyhood.