"Liberty's Exiles is book which in scope and originality, global reach and research, intellectual curiosity and sheer provocative panache - upturning in its wake whole apple-carts of unchallenged assumptions -can sustain comparison with Linda Colley or the young Simon Schama. The truth is that Maya Jasanoff is not just a very good writer, an indefatigable researcher and a fine historian, she is also a bit of a genius." William Dalrymple "Maya Jasanoff's Liberty's Exiles places the loyalist experience and the aftermath of the American Revolution in an entirely new light. Alongside the Spirit of 1776, Jasanoff gives us the Spirit of 1783, dedicated to remaking the mighty British Empire, and then offers a stunning reinterpretation of the loyalists' complicated role in that remaking. Her meticulously researched and superbly written account is historical revision at its finest, and it affirms her place as one of the very finest historians of the rising generation." Sean Wilentz "a fascinating subject...the story comes alive most vividly through the experiences of those few who left diaries, letters, memoirs" The Times "Jasanoff's achievement in this vivid, superbly researched and high intelligent book is to skilfully weave together a mass of recent revisionist research on these men and women" The Guardian "For the first time, a work of history follows in detail the diaspora of assorted slaves, colonists, American Indians and redcoats who threw in their lot with Britain and lost. Jasanoff undertakes a substantial revision of the received account of the war...her bold thesis is laid out with cast-iron sensibleness and a strong dose of humanity" The TImes
About the Author
Maya Jasanoff is Professor of British and Imperial history at Harvard University. Her first book, Edge of Empire, was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including the Economist, the Guardian and the Sunday Times. She has recently been a fellow of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and the American Council of Learned Societies and has contributed essays to the London Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books.