Reviews

  • "Nick Bunker dazzles the reader with a deeply researched and clear-eyed accounting of the dissolution of the mighty—but woefully overextended—British Empire. Bunker's mellifluous prose fairly jumps off the page, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into this intricate and fascinating tale"

    William D. Cohan
  • "Utterly absorbing and full of colour, we learn afresh what a mess Britain made of leaving America and, crucially and importantly, how that mess shaped the American psyche"

    Justin Webb, BBC
  • "Highly readable account of the American Revolutionary crisis… A bracing gallop through the three years leading up to the "shot heard round the world" at Lexington, Mass., in April 1775 and an especially lucid portrait of the woes of the East India Co. A broad and telling portrait of the empire at a remarkable moment in its history"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "This wonderfully written book invites reflection on how a failure of political imagination so often makes war in distant places seem inevitable"

    T. H. Breen, The Times Literary Supplement
  • "Bunker’s tightly argued and deeply researched book shows how a broader perspective can shed new light on even the most familiar events"

    Foreign Affairs