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Dec 5, 2011

George Price’s Biography launched

Two and a half months after his passing, the authorized biography of George Price is on sale at outlets around the country. It took Smith two years to conclude and publish George Price: A Life Revealed. He spent countless hours on research and interviewing the father of the nation, who was well known as a man of extreme privacy. On Friday evening at the House of Culture, Smith launched the publication in the City. News Five’s Isani Cayetano was at the launch and has this report.

Robin Shaffer, Guest Speaker

Robin Shaffer

“Smith paints a picture of Price as one who, beneath his pious exterior, could often be found to be petty, secretive and vindictive.  A man who did not suffer slights lightly – end quote.  Well, my curiosity took hold of me and I devoured the first few pages, impatient to see these characteristics that I had never heard juxtaposed with Price.  But soon enough I abandoned this fervor as I was lulled by the storytelling since, not to give away the book, it opens with us accompanying Mr. Price to mass.  I felt like I was getting the rare opportunity to know more fully the man.  I felt like I was walking with George Price and finding out who he truly was, everything, not just the figurehead of independence but the child, the priest in waiting, the totality of the man.”

The authorized biography of the late George Cadle Price, written by Godfrey Smith, is officially in stores across the country today.  The memoir of the Father of the Nation, a project which began in 2009, was launched at the House of Culture in Belize City on Friday night before an audience of Smith’s friends and family, as well as those of the Right Honorable George Price.

Godfrey Smith, Biographer

“I know that there have been two books already written but I wanted to do something comprehensive, something full, something chronological that traces from your grandparents right through to the present and he said, “Yes.  Sure, I think you’re a good man to do it, either you or Assad Shoman can do it and he said but make sure it something like Margaret Thatcher’s Downing Street Years,” which of course is a huge tome.  He said it weighed something like ten pounds.  I think that was a bit of an exaggeration but certainly it was quite a heavy tow.  And so the project began.”

Godfrey Smith

Two years after the commencement of that project and two and a half months following his death, George Price: A Life Revealed is available to the public.  Additional information, says Smith, such as transcripts of interviews and recordings of their sessions during the making of the book will be submitted as part of Belize’s historical collection.

Godfrey Smith

“He was indeed very open, very honest and it was a great, great adventure for me and a truly singular and unique experience.  My regret of course is that he was not able to see the final product.  He was able to review up to eighteen chapters.  He made his squiggling and remark and comments in the margins and indeed all over the paper.  Those, at the appropriate time, will be handed over and indeed all the research work to either the Archives [Department] or the George Price Center, along with all the taped interviews as well which is, I think, the proper place for those materials to be.”

The launch is one of three ceremonies commemorating the occasion.  The first was held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development last Thursday while the third will be held in England. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Another book launched is programmed for early next year in London.  The books are available in soft and hard cover. And Smith says the proceeds will go to the George Price Center.

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