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Histories of the Hanged,
This review is from: Histories of the Hanged: Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire: Testimonies from the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya (Paperback)
David Anderson's 'Histories of the Hanged' offers what most other narratives of this period have failed to do: a highly complex, balanced, and rigorously documented account of Mau Mau. His analysis of the counter-insurgency is detailed; and given the world we live in today, his assessment of the use of law to justify increasingly repressive measures in the name of security is important. It is a finely balanced narrative, which combines a passionate commitment to addressing some of the misconceptions and myths that have grown up about this period in Kenya's history, without losing a deep sense of sympathy and outrage at the violence perpetrated by all sides.
An excellent work for academic and non-academic audiences alike. Thoroughly recommended.