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The Stone That the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell
The Stone That the Builder Refused is Madison Smartt Bell's final book in the trilogy about the Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture. The Stone That the Builder Refused covers the last two years of his life as he struggles to create a society based on freedom and equality for all races. His intentions run counter to the white plantation owners who want to reclaim power and Napolean Bonparte who wants the country to remain part of the French empire. Madison Smartt Bell doesn't just show us the conflicts between the historical figures, but the impact their decisions has on lives all over the island that are swept up in the revolutionary fervor. The Stone That the Builder Refused has received high praise with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram saying, "But it's Bell's astute skill at expanding that historical fact (written by a historian with the gift of turning a phrase and creating character composites) into a consistently absorbing story that makes this work accomplish something rare: excellence in both fiction and historical instruction."