Engaging Matthew J. Smith's recent book Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934–1957, Deibert argues that Smith covers a pivotal and heretofore largely ignored two-decade period in the nation's development. Deibert shows that the battle to form a responsive and decent government in Haiti is the heritage of a collective struggle made up of actors from different strata of Haitian society, the complex intermingling of which Smith does an admirable job of trying to disentangle.

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