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Reviews of Life in a Haitian Valley

“An authoritative view of the extent to which the African culture has survived in the New World setting …¬†Herskovits traces the majority of the [Haitians’] cultural ways to the region of Dahomey. The word Voodoo is best translated as ‘God.’ The names of gods, and social and economic institutions, point their origin to the same Dahoman source … This book has a glossary of Creole terms and is carefully documented. It is a valuable volume for students, and significant [for the general reader].”
The New York Times Book Review

“The best book on Haiti.”

“The book is highly readable and of distinct value.”
Atlantic Monthly

“No one who has a real interest in the Caribbean countries … can afford to neglect this intelligent and penetrating study.”
The New Republic