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Indian Express, September 11, 2011
[Kwarteng’s] book is still a reminder that a superpower's legacy of intervention will be determined by outcomes that obtain after its eventual retreat.”
John Spurling, The New Republic
This is an absorbing, richly researched book, smoothly written with a light touch, and suggests, if its gifted Ghanaian/British author is anything to go by, that the Empire at least got something right.”
Andrew Roberts, Wall Street Journal
Mr. Kwarteng is an engaging writer, and his pen portraits of British imperialists are subtle and scholarly.”
Thomas Wise, Daily Beast
While trained as a historian at Cambridge, Kwarteng is no ivory-tower dweller, but rather a man who believes in the power of history to inform, inspire, and challenge the present.. Using case studies from six different regions of the British EmpireIraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Hong Konghe illustrates the ad hoc, ill-informed, incoherent, and frequently contradictory nature of British imperial rule.”
There is a lot to learn from Kwasi Kwarteng’s Ghosts of Empire. The text itself serves as a wonderful example of a historical work that can be palatable for the masses without sacrificing academic rigor or scholarshipexhaustive in detail and citation, but written in plain language. On a political-slash-historical level, Ghosts of Empire is proof of a certain self-awareness on the other side of the pond that will hopefully make its way over soon: the citizenry’s understanding of their country’s past mistakes, acknowledged without fear of public admonishment.”
Much of the information I had read or known about.
I would argue that a good part of the reason Britain left local governors to their own judgment was because it was unrealistic to run the colonies from England.
As an Anglophile, I must say that this is one of the best books I have ever read about the British Empire.
The author does an excellent job both in his research and narrative in presenting his argument to the influence of the
British Empire upon todays events. Read more
Having lived in the UK and some of the places described, I find this an excellent distillation of how things were screwed up. Like Jerry Bremer in Iraq.Published 5 months ago by Daniel Gamber
This is a highly readable book and there is no doubt that the writer, who is touted as the UK's first black Conservative MP, has an excellent academic background. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deborah K.
I agree with 'Byrdman', an interesting read but not a particularly significant book and that tendency to simplify and look for neat explanations can be disturbing, as can the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Photo enthusiast
The book is great general knowledge, and explained a lot of separate things I had always known but never understood.Published 18 months ago by Gaynor
This history of selected domains governed for a time by the British provides instructive lessons for America. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David G. Wuchinich
Kwasi Kwarteng`s case studies of six former British colonies (Iraq, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Nigeria, and Hong Kong) are a fascinating critique of the British Empire`s management... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ralph Eastwick
As an Anglophile, I must say that this is one of the best books I have ever read about the British Empire. It gives the background of why the World is in the shape it is today.Published 22 months ago by Sidney