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5.0 out of 5 stars Completing the picture, 10 May 2013
This review is from: The Last Slave Market: Dr John Kirk and the Struggle to End the East African Slave Trade (Paperback)
The research that went into this book was meticulous and prodigious, and the story it tells about African-based slavery is a courageous one, considering the politically correct assumption in recent times that the horrors of the trade were perpetrated only by Europeans supplying slaves to other Europeans, mainly in North America and the Caribbean. This book dispels the myth, peddled by far too many people in universities and elsewhere, that slave-trading by non-Europeans (Africans and Middle Easterners) for the Arab market was minor and somehow benign. Alastair Hazell has completed the picture, without sparing the British politicians and civil servants who took too long to support the acting British Consul, John Kirk, and others who wanted to end the trade.

Hazell is an excellent writer. He has recreated Kirk as real person of great tenacity, complete with the foibles and flaws that characterise any human being. Many other characters, especially the Zanzibari leaders, are presented with insight, sensitivity and richness.
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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 Sep 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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