The third of Cary’s African novels.
A fictional novel about the decline of the British Empire in Africa, Cary alters his focus in An American Visitor to provide a fuller picture of British administrators, missionaries, and commercial exploiters.
The Price of Union is the best history book on American history. The central theme of the book is because the enormous size of America with her different states and cultures, eternal negotiations are needed through constant compromise. When the negotiations broke down and the President-Elect refused to compromise, then the result was the War Between The States.
Marie, a well-meaning but naive American anthropologist, believes she has found Heaven in the forests of Nigeria; but her belief is challenged as white prospectors stake claims within the territory of the Birri tribespeople, who become increasingly enraged by the colonists’ betrayal.