Michael Manley, The Biography

Michael Manley, The Biography

By Godfrey Smith
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Michael Manley has been the subject of many books, yet he remains an enigmatic figure to even his family. Twenty years after his passing, Jamaicans and the world remain ambivalent in their judgement of the legacy of this controversial post-independence leader who challenged the history of a complex nation as he sought to build on the legacy of politically and culturally influential parents.Now comes Godfrey Smith’s new biography of Michael Norman Manley, taking advantage of many rich and previously classified sources as he searches for the elusive soul and spirit of his subject. While many will want to focus on the turbulent decade of the 1970s and the roles played by Henry Kissinger and US ambassador, Vincent deRoulet, in the demise of Democratic Socialism and Manley’s eventual downfall, it is the multi-faceted character and mercurial personality of Manley that will leave readers in awe. From stories of his earliest childhood days and his tempestuous years at Jamaica College, through his many loves, marriages and personal tragedies, Smith reveals aspects of Manley’s personality that have evoked contrasting emotions of endearment among many and fury among others, to this day. Will history be kind to Michael Manley? Godfrey Smith leaves that judgement to his readers.

Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue
  • 1. Drumblair
  • 2. In His Father’s Shadow
  • 3. Adrift in London
  • 4. Into the Bowels of the Working Class
  • ‘5. Most Privileged Man in Jamaica’
  • 6. Don’t Trouble Joshua
  • 7. Taking Central Kingston
  • 8. ‘Comrade Leader’
  • 9. Babylon Must Fall
  • 10. The Egalitarian Revolution
  • 11. The Flight with Fidel
  • 12. Multinationals under ‘Heavy Manners’
  • 13. The Spectre of Communism
  • 14. Kissinger Calls
  • 15. Blood and Fire
  • 16. ‘We Know Where We are Going’
  • 17. Democratic Socialism Imperilled
  • 18. ‘The Routing of the Left’
  • 19. ‘The Passing of Camelot’
  • 20. End of the Socialist Experiment
  • 21. Losing Control
  • 22. Can 150,000 Strong be Wrong?
  • 23. The Wilderness Years
  • 24. An Opposition in Exile
  • 25. The Reinvention of Michael Manley
  • 26. ‘Joshua Gone Clear’
  • 27. Ally of America
  • 28. ‘Apostle of the Free Market’
  • 29. The Magic of Nyumbani
  • Epilogue
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