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Isaac Chotiner…Kwasi Kwarteng, in this fine book, argues that the empire granted far too much authority to the wrong people. "Accidents and decisions made on a personal, almost whimsical, level have had a massive impact on international politics," Kwarteng writes. Ghosts of Empire explores six cases where this impact was felt: Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, Hong Kong, Kashmir and Burma. This is a list without many success stories, and Kwarteng, who is a Conservative member of Parliament with Ghanaian parents and who claims to want to transcend "sterile" debates about the empire, ends up making a damning case.
—The New York Times Book Review