Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia
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Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia

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The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the base was a little-known launch pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and may house a top-secret CIA priso...more
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Published March 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press
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This book details the history of how the United States with the help of the Brisih displaced the native Chagossians of Diego Garcia in order to develop a military base in the Indian Ocean which would prove to be a picvot point for projecting American military power into the Middle East and Asia.

This story is told in the First person so that a reader can get a ground level feeling for how the US and British (during the 1960's and 70's conspired to deprive the native Chagossians of Life, liberty a...more
Lianne Burwell
This book is an extensively researched book about the island of Diego Garcia, as well as the other islands in the Chagos archipelago, which came to the attention of the US in the sixties as a possible military base. How the US colluded with and paid the UK to take control of the islands, and to evict all the people living there, and what happened to the people.

The author says he tries to be balanced in his coverage, but there is little opportunity for balance. The natives were dumped in other is...more
A well written and exhaustively researched book. While allegedly the UK fought the Malvinas/Falklands War to free these islands at the same time they didn't care about the dispossessed islanders of the Chagos Archipielago. The difference was that the falklanders were the descendants of those who illegaly took the Malvinas from Argentina while the Chagossian people were descendants of slaves.
Some good history of the UK/US govt's and legislators secret planning to remove the inhabitants from Diego Garcia. Some facts on the really huge number of bases the US empire's military has scattered around the world. Easy read and well worth it.
Fearless, accessible, terrifying and important. Thank you, David Vine.

BUY this book: all author's royalties go directly to the legal fight for this displaced population.
This is a very enlightening read on the plight of the Chagosians and American imperialism. I'm glad that I read it.
Really good book about a history of people that you usually wouldnt hear about.
truly an ethnography of empire. impressively comprehensive research.
Example of what not to do.
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