By David F. Anderson
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005
In "a gripping narrative that's all yet very unlikely to place down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking paintings tells how the brutal struggle among the colonial executive and the insurrectionist Mau Mau among 1952 and 1960 ruled the ultimate bloody decade of imperialism in East Africa.
Using outstanding new facts, David Anderson places the colonial executive on trial with eyewitness testimony from over 800 proceedings and formerly unseen documents. His examine exonerates the Kikuyu rebels; infrequently the terrorists they have been regarded as; and divulges the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that concerned leaders on the maximum ranks of the British govt.
This marvelous piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its ultimate part; applying no matter what army and propaganda tools it may to maintain an order which could not carry.