First four sentences:
In this book about men and sugar, Dr. Ramiro Guerra recounts a history. His story is laid in the Caribbean islands – islands which, for most of us, did not even exist a decade ago. Dr. Guerra purports to demonstrate that in these islands men and sugar were long ago drawn into remarkably patterned relationships, and that all of these relationships have developed along some parallel course or trajectory. This is history – social, political, and economic history – and it aspires to be generalizing; its author means to locate sociological regularities within bodies of historical fact.