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Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan: The Life of Ewart Grogan DSO, 1876-1976
Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan: The Life of Ewart Grogan DSO, 1876-1976
by Edward Paice
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, about a real adventurer!, 3 Aug. 2009
This is an exciting read about a real life adventurer who deserves to be up there with Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Speke.

A maverick in every sense of the word, an entrepreneur, orator, politician, explorer who has sadly been forgotten until now. Edward Paice brings "Cape to Cario" Grogan right back to prominence with this biography.

A must for all who have an interest in British history and Africa.


Into Africa: The Epic Adventures Of Stanley And Livingstone
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures Of Stanley And Livingstone
by Martin Dugard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, Fantastic read, 4 Jun. 2009
From start to finish this was a real "page turner". Martin Dugards retelling of this classic story brings it to life. a must for any one interested in African exploration during the period and colonial history.


Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya
Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya
by Caroline Elkins
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, a very subjective, inaccurate and poorley researched view of an important subject, 13 Jan. 2009
The topic is significant and of historical importance and whilst this book highlights some of the atrocities that happened during colonial rule it is however very subjective and demonstrates a superficial level of research and understanding of the time and indeed Kenya (past and present). The authors views of the characters involved are very one sided and prejudiced which doesn't allow the context of the topic to be fully appreciated. Where factual information isn't available or hasn't been discovered the book sadly works on the basis of "Assumption X Assumption = Fact"

Its interestingly an "untold" story that has previously been "told" in Anthony Claytons, "The Killing Fields of Kenya 1952-1960, Trans Africa Press, 1976. ISBN 9966-940-37-5, which provides both a more informative, balanced and factual account of events.
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Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
by Caroline Elkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.75

12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, a very subjective view of an important subject, 26 Jun. 2008
The topic is significant and of historical importance and whilst this book highlights some of the atrocities that happened during colonial rule it is however very subjective and demonstrates a superficial level of research and understanding of the time and indeed Kenya (past and present). The authors views of the characters involved are very one sided and prejudiced which doesn't allow the context of the topic to be fully appreciated. Where factual information isn't available or hasn't been discovered the book sadly works on the basis of "Assumption X Assumption = Fact"

Its interestingly an "untold" story that has previously been "told" in Anthony Claytons, "The Killing Fields of Kenya 1952-1960, Trans Africa Press, 1976. ISBN 9966-940-37-5, which provides both a more informative, balanced and factual account of events.
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