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Reviews

  • Grimly absorbing, conveys the pity of war and its sorry aftermath with integrity and proper sympathy

    Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph
  • Moving, measured and provocative

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • Extraordinary...exceptional...reveals a continent where moral values were often missing and basically lawlessness prevailed for several years

    Trevor James, The Historian
  • Savage Continent is a powerful and disturbing book, painstakingly researched and written with both authority and an impressive historical sweep

    James Holland
  • A major new historical talent has arrived... a brilliantly organised and scrupulously objective survey of a continent on the floor

    BBC History Magazine
  • An excellent account...Lowe's vivid descriptions of Europeans scrambling for scraps of food, rampant theft and 'destruction of morals' are a timely reminder that a certain humility is in order when we look at less fortunate continents today.

    Brendan Simms, The Independent
  • Impressive and heart-rendering study...Lowe marshals all the elements of the story with cool even-handedness, especially where statistics are concerned, and explains how subsequent generations have manipulated the historical record to suit their own purposes, either to diminish their guilt or demonise others.

    Christopher Silvester, Daily Express
  • Extraordinary, disturbing and powerful ... it is to Lowe's great credit that he resists the temptation to sit in moral judgment ... it is time we acknowledged the hidden realities of perhaps the darkest chapter in all human history

    Daily Mail
  • Graphic and chilling. This excellent book paints a little-known and frightening picture of a continent in the embrace of lawlessness and chaos

    Ian Kershaw

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