“I’m sure many of your readers know Philippe Sands’s books. Philippe writes with real energy about subjects that are often very complicated, nuanced, and unpleasant. I did not know enough about this saga in British history, where islanders were removed from their homes because of the geopolitical nature of the archipelago they lived on, and its importance for military manoeuvres in the area.
Just as he did with his previous books, Philippe brilliantly weaves quite complex international law and international legal history with the personal stories of the people who were removed in the middle of the night. It’s a fabulous exploration of some big topics around how to structure international law and how to use the international legal framework, through the eyes of the people who were really impacted. The British did not behave well, not at all. In thinking about our role in the world, this is a really important book.”
Best Politics Books of 2023, recommended by Martha Lane Fox