This fascinating account of some - though by no means all - of the British Empire's most unsavoury episodes makes for essential reading for anyone seeking to obtain a comprehensive overview of the nature of empire, and the mechanisms upon which it depends. Drawing from events in India, Kenya, Iran, Egypt, China and various other regions, Newsinger's detailed, fact-based approach serves to distinguish itself from other, more theoretical or polemical works. Newsinger definitely has a viewpoint, but it's a viewpoint based on historical events and details that those in power would most likely prefer to forget. Readers should be aware that this is not a complete history of the British Empire, but rather a series of illuminating case studies (derived from a broad spread of periods) that serve as a reminder to all of us of the crimes and suffering that imperialism necessarily inflicts. A powerful, and timely, work.