Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2020. First edition. Paperback. 220p., bibl., wrps. New. Item #189514
The trial of the Grenada 17 for the assassination of Maurice Bishop, the popular leader of the Grenada Revolution, though resulting in a guilty verdict for all of them, left many unanswered question. At the heart of Godfrey Smith's revealing book is the role of Bernard Coard, who over the brief life of the revolution, was transformed from Bishop's friend and comrade into jealous, power-hunbry conspirator who manipulated a cadre of young, impressionable acolytes in the revolutionary army, to orchestrate an impractical proposalfor a Bishop-Coard joint leadership which leads to a deadly schism in the party after Bishop ultimately rejects the idea, and a rapid escent into chaos ending in Bishop's assassination.