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4.0 out of 5 stars Corroborative Evidence
For those readers obviously perplexed by the challenging thesis which this book presents, and not least by what several other reviewers suggest is the flimsiness of its documentary evidence, confirmation that Caroline Elkins has largely hit the mark in her critique of British misconduct in the last decades of British rule in Kenya, are confirmed by the recent publication...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over Sensationalised?
This is a well written book with lots of material to consider. My main criticism is that, as I read the book, I got the feeling that the first-hand evidence actually presented did not match with the words and language used by the author. Throughout the latter stages of the book are numerous letters from the detainees at the detention camps detailed in the book. Whilst the...
Published on 3 Aug 2006 by Adam Elbourne


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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently researched book if a distressing read, 4 July 2009
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C. Townley "CT" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I spent part of the first Armed Forces Day (which ironically was also the seventy fifth anniversary of the founding of the Peace Pledge Union) starting to read Caroline Elkin's disturbing account of the Kenya Emergency in the 1950's in which as many as 100,000 Kirkuyu were murdered in one of Britain's racist colonial wars.

It is a a terrifying account of the misuse of state power to spin an international web of lies about the so called Mau Mau terrorists, coupled with the willingness of senior members of the Government to repeatedly lie to Parliament about the extent of atrocities committed against the civilian population, It is also compounded by long term detention without trial, show trials with Magistrates and witnesses bribed to falsely convict peaceful opponents of colonial rule. When all of these oppressive measures including a series of concentration camps in which illegal integration methods including physical and sexual abuse as well as murder were used against thousands of men the British authorities moved on to the effective imprisonment of about three quarters of a million of women and children.

I would recommend this book as compulsory reading for anyone who wants a fair and balanced understanding of Britain's African legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britians Gulag, 7 Jun 2005
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Alan MacCalman (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
Having visited Kenya I wanted to catch up on the history Britian had in the country, litte did I know the brutality and evil shown by Britsh troops and Africans alike toward men wonen and childern. This book is a must read for anybody who wishes to understand the sheer evilness shown by some and the complete ignorance shown by others to what actually happened. For too long recoreds have been destroyed and hidden, huge credit must go to Caroline for the work put into this book. Understandably these people were afriad to talk to this day but I for one am glad that the writer (Caroline) stuck to her task and wrote a hugley compeling book.
You will be amazed and sickened of what we like to call "the best army in the World" do not pass this book by a must read !!!
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