The Darker Nations

The Darker Nations

A People's History of the Third World

By Vijay Prashad; Howard Zinn (Editor)

New Press, Paperback, 9781595583420, 364pp.

Publication Date: April 2008

Here, from a brilliant young writer, is a paradigm-shifting history of both a utopian concept and global movement the idea of the Third World. "The Darker Nations" traces the intellectual origins and the political history of the twentieth century attempt to knit together the world's impoverished countries in opposition to the United States and Soviet spheres of influence in the decades following World War II.
Spanning every continent of the global South, Vijay Prashad's fascinating narrative takes us from the birth of postcolonial nations after World War II to the downfall and corruption of nationalist regimes. A breakthrough book of cutting-edge scholarship, it includes vivid portraits of Third World giants like India's Nehru, Egypt's Nasser, and Indonesia's Sukarno as well as scores of extraordinary but now-forgotten intellectuals, artists, and freedom fighters. "The Darker Nations" restores to memory the vibrant though flawed idea of the Third World, whose demise, Prashad ultimately argues, has produced a much impoverished international political arena.

About the Author
Vijay Prashad is author of "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity".

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.