Histories of the Hanged by David Anderson
The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

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"A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope Franklin

In "a gripping narrative that is all but impossible to put down" (Joseph C. Miller), Histories of the Hanged exposes the long-hidden colonial crimes of the British in Kenya. This groundbreaking work tells how the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960 dominated the final bloody decade of imperialism in East Africa. Using extraordinary new evidence, David Anderson puts the colonial government on trial with eyewitness testimony from over 800 court cases and previously unseen archives. His research exonerates the Kikuyu rebels; hardly the terrorists they were thought to be; and reveals the British to be brutal aggressors in a "dirty war" that involved leaders at the highest ranks of the British government. This astonishing piece of scholarship portrays a teetering colonial empire in its final phase; employing whatever military and propaganda methods it could to preserve an order that could no longer hold.

About David Anderson

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DAVID ANDERSON was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1943 and raised there. At age seventeen, he showed his photographic work to Alfred Einsenstaedt at Life Magazine, who encouraged him to begin his photographic career at the New York Daily News, which he did. After serving the U.S. Army as a cameraman, including duty in Vietnam, from 1969 to 1983 he was a cinematographer based in New York City who specialized in commercials and documentaries. He also photographed two independent films directed by artist Nancy Graves, including Isy Boukir (1971), which was purchased for the collection of films at the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1983 he has worked as an architectural photographer and is represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery, of New York City. His photographs are in numerous public and corporate collections, including American Airlines, AT&T, the Brooklyn Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Citicorp, Deutsche Bank, Equitable Life Assurance Society, the Museum of the City of New York, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, among others. After living in New York City for fifty years, Mr. Anderson moved in 2010 to the Hudson River valley of New York. His website is www.davidvanderson.com. PAUL GOLDBERGER began his career as the executive editor of "Architectural Digest". He then worked for twenty-five years at "The New York Times", where in 1984 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his architectural criticism. He also has been the architecture critic for "The New Yorker" since 1997 and in 2004 became Dean of the Parsons School of Design at the New School University in New York City. He is the author of "Why Architecture Matters" (Yale, 2009), "Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York" (Random House, 2004), "One the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern Age" (Times Books, 1983), "The Skyscraper" (Knopf, 1982), and "The City Observed?New York: A Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan" (Random House, 1979), among others.
Published February 7, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Disagreeing in some respects with Elkins's account, Anderson's study adds materially to the understanding of not only the Kenyan war but also of colonialism's end in Africa.

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By one of those great publishing conjunctions, David Anderson, lecturer in African studies at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Caroline Elkins, assistant professor of history at Harvard, have chosen the same era - the years of the Mau Mau uprising - and the same basic remit for their research.

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Mau Mau's horrific murders and mutilations - mostly against their own Kikuyu people - convinced British administrators they were fighting a primeval rejection of civilisation, a reaction against modernity, which had to be crushed at all costs.

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