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The Dead Yard: A Story of Modern Jamaica (Paperback)

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Named the Dolman Travel Book of the Year, The Dead Yard paints an unforgettable portrait of modern Jamaica. Since independence, Jamaica has gradually become associated with twin images--a resort-style travel Eden for foreigners and a new kind of hell for Jamaicans, a society where gangs control the areas where most Jamaicans live and drug lords like Christopher Coke rule elites and the poor alike.

Ian Thomson's brave book explores a country of lost promise, where America's hunger for drugs fuels a dependent economy and shadowy politics. The lauded birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, Jamaica is now sunk in corruption and hopelessness. A synthesis of vital history and unflinching reportage, The Dead Yard is "a fascinating account of a beautiful, treacherous country" (Irish Times).

About the Author


Ian Thomson is the author of Primo Levi, which won the Royal Society of Literature's W. H. Heinemann Award in 2003. He lives in London.

Product Details ISBN-10: 1568586566
ISBN-13: 9781568586564
Published: Nation Books, 03/01/2011
Pages: 392
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: UP
Minimum Grade Level: 11th Grade
Maximum Grade Level: Up