Mau-Mau Warrior by Abiodun Alao

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The Mau-Mau uprising (1952-60) remains a controversial conflict, waged by warriors about whom many myths have been formed, but little truth has been written. Condemned by history as a brutal rag-tag force engaged in oath-taking, cannibalism and witchcraft, the military activities of the Mau-Mau have long been overlooked. Although their skill, organization and unique motivation forced the British government to undertake the longest airlift in military history, and to deploy extensive force at a cost of almost £60 million, before it could claim victory. This book reveals the real men and women behind the Mau-Mau; the truth behind the oaths that bound them together; and how they became a powerful force, paving the way for Kenya's independence.

About Abiodun Alao

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Abiodun Alao is a Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict Security and Development Group, International Policy Institute, King's College London. He has written extensively on African Security issues.
Published March 19, 2013 by Osprey Publishing. 64 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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