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5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing and wonderfully written profile of a great man and a fascinating era, 21 Sept. 2013
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Detailed, accurate, well researched and a good read. highly recommended. A rare overview of Zanzibar in context. Three more words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book about a part of the slave trade that is often forgotten, 12 July 2013
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This is a really great read. The story of the campaign to end the slave trade based around Zanzibar in the nineteenth century, and the story of the one man who was largely responsible. If you think the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was the end of slavery, think again. There had always been a thriving slave trade throughout Africa long before Europeans arrived; a trade that went back many hundreds of years. Most African cultures were involved in either capturing, selling or keeping slaves, and many were also traded to the Middle East. By the middle of the nineteenth century, the trade on Africa's west coast was largely ended, but it was a different story on the east coast.
This book tells the story of John Kirk, a fascinating man, who became involved after being a part of one of Dr Livingstone's expeditions. He went on to spend a large part of his life in Zanzibar, working as an acting consul most of the time, and details how he worked to reduce the slave trade which was a major part of Zanzibar's economic life.
It is a story of personal endeavour and persistence, of British government indecision and inter-departmental squabbling, and of European misunderstanding of other cultures.
The book is really well written; plenty of research has gone into writing it, but it is eminently readable, and held me interested from beginning to end. The only slight criticism I have is that at times it seemed to me that the author wasn't quite sure if he was writing a standard work of history, or a biography of the main character, John Kirk. For me, the more biographical chapters worked better, but it is really a very small niggle, over what has been a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 10 Jun. 2013
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a good and interesting read about a subject that is not well known. Not exactly gripping but well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars riveting read, 6 April 2013
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I read this while on holiday in Zanzibar. Not only a genuinely riveting read, but the historical detail has enriched my general knowledge enormously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Sept. 2012
I looked for relevant books whilst on holidays in Tanzania/Zanzibar.
I found this to very well researched and written and an excellent read.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was interestingly written on many levels, clearly indicating ..., 3 Oct. 2014
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It was interestingly written on many levels, clearly indicating the attitudes of the day based on written information from specific characters. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 Jan. 2015
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A harrowing subject but well researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: The Last Slave Market: Dr John Kirk and the Struggle to End the East African Slave Trade (Paperback)
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