Tuesday, January 7, 2020

An Art Perfected by Practice

“An Art Perfected by Practice” — this is how the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago’s first local Governor, Victor Bruce, described Central Banking.
This book is an historical account of the first 55 years of the institution, formed in the first years after Trinidad and Tobago achieved Independence. It traces the milestones of Central Banking against a wider economical, political and social backdrop, beginning in the 1930s and 40s when the first Central Bankers would have been in their formative years.
Wherever possible, the book lets the Governors and many other key persons in the history of the Central Bank relate their own memories and viewpoints, bringing to life their important work in the financial sector of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region over five decades.

ISBN: 978-976-8134-30-1 (hardcover)
978-976-8134-31-8 (softcover)
Researched, written and designed by Alice Besson

"Dear Alice, today I received “An Art Perfected by Practice” authored by you.
It is a marvellous publication, well structured and captures the history in an attractive way.
On my page, I thank you for selecting the photos you included (apart from my portrait) as you chose reading my emotion - I am grateful for your apt choices.
The “At Your Service” compendium was spectacular.
I just wanted to share my immediate reaction with you.  No doubt, this is an exceptional publication, took enormous effort and your artistry is superb.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the Central Bank and Governor Dr. Hilaire for bringing it home."
Winston Dookeran, former Governor of the Central Bank, 12 December 2019

About the Author:
Alice Besson née Schwarz moved to Trinidad and Tobago from her native Germany in the late 1990s following the winning of a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service to conduct a year of field research in Trinidad on the topic of Mass Media and the Carnival Arts—a topic on which she had written her Master’s thesis, which was published by the Institute of Popular Music at Humboldt University, Berlin.
She holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from University of the Arts in Berlin, an institution that can look back on a 300-year history. She also holds a Journeyman’s Certificate in Photography from the Photographers’ Guild, Berlin.
After her move to Trinidad, she took the helm of Paria Publishing Company Limited, a communications company with a publishing arm that specialises in the recording of the history and folklore of Trinidad and Tobago.
Besson has co-authored with her husband Gérard A. Besson a number of historical accounts of institutions and corporations, namely Alstons/McEnearney (today ANSA McAl), Scotiabank, M. Hamel-Smith and Co. and the family history of the Harford and the Lewis families.
She co-authored the history of Cannings/HiLo (today Massy Stores) with Gillian Royes and that of TECU Credit Union with Mary Shand.
She researched and wrote the first draft of the history of Neal & Massy, the Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association and the biography of architect Anthony Lewis.
Books solely researched and written by Besson are the history of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago—today RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, Republic Bank Limited’s second historical account, and the history of Laughlin & De Gannes. She also wrote the biographical section of masman Wayne Berkeley and designed his book on costume design. With the exceptions of the first drafts, all books mentioned above were designed by her and produced by Paria Publishing, as were the historical accounts of Citibank, Naparima Girls’ High School, the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago, and the biographies of Anthony Sabga (ANSA McAl), written by Bridget Brereton and Raymond Ramcharitar, Sidney Knox (Neal & Massy), written by Robert Clarke, Dr. Rupert Indar (Southern Medical), written by Hamid Ghany, Abdou Joseph Sabga, written by Joseph Abdo and Natalya Sabga, and the autobiographies of Clinton Bernard (Chief Justice) and Therese Mills (Newsday).

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