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The brutality of the government to its own people is unbelievable.,
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This review is from: The Fatal Shore (Kindle Edition)
I was shocked to the core by the treatment of the prisoners in 18th century Britain. The government and ruling class considered the working population almost as vermin.
If you want to know what conditions were like this is the book for you. The first quarter of the book covers conditions of work, hygiene, law and punishment in Britain that will shock and amaze. If you think nothing could be worse wait until the prisoners arive in Australia, If they are lucky enough to survive the journey; if luck is a word you can use about this period in British history. The book is so well written it is hard to put down.