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This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, where the brutality of slave owners was commonplace and refined in horrifying ways. And it is the story of a barely literate slave, Toussaint L'Ouverture, who led his people in a successful struggle against the successive invasions by the French, Spanish and English forces, thus forming the first independent Caribbean nation.