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Imperial Reckoning by Caroline Elkins
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Feb 16, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: africa, history
Read in December, 2008

This is a shocking account of British brutality in Kenya during the post WWII era. I was reminded of the Khmer Rouge's well-organized purge and torture. As the British struggled to hold on to Kenya, they justified a concentration camp system by claiming that the country was in a state of "emergency". It brings to mind the war on terror and the abuses that are going on with that justification. Moreover, what is equally important is the misinformation (lies) given at the highest levels of the British government and the criticism of the Labour Party representatives who questioned the official story.

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Sheridan The Khmer Rouge, like it or not, were in their own country. This was inexcusable and repeated in Malaysia, Bahrain, and ...and... by the same British Forces.

message 2: by Zoe (new) - rated it 5 stars

Zoe Agreed. Much as I dislike what the Khmer Rouge did as well.

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