'...a lucid and detailed history of the banana trade in the Caribbean region...buy 'Banana Wars' , buy free trade bananas, buy organic bananas and buy Windward Island bananas.'
'Gordon Myers has written with clarity, sensitivity, and wisdom, a story of life and production for the people of the Caribbean who have been engaged in the banana business for over one hundred years. His is a remarkable book. It covers a critical productive sector, bananas, part of the economic base which sustains our evolving Caribbean civilisation.'
The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 2001
'Gordon Myers' expertise on the banana issue is well known. However his account of the Caribbean banana farmers' continuing struggle to survive eloquently reveals both his commitment and his concern. Current debates about world trade and unfettered liberalisation should be informed by the history of how livelihoods in the Caribbean have been destroyed, by decisions taken thousands of miles away in the US, in the EU and at the WTO. I commend The Banana Wars to all those who subscribe to the view that vulnerable banana producers need protection. The alternative is massive rural unemployment and a fall in national income levels.
Glenys Kinnock MEP
'Gordon Myers has written a thoroughly researched and very readable book, tracing the history of the banana as a commercial crop and placing it in the socio and political context of the Caribbean and Latin America. Its publication is both timely and relevant in the face of the global trade negotiations now in progress, and should be compulsory reading for all those in the Third World now engaged in these negotiations.'
Sir John Compton, Prime Minister of St Lucia 1982-1996