Bernard Porter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle, took his degrees at Cambridge University, becoming a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, before moving on to a Lectureship at Hull, a Chair at Newcastle and Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Yale and Sydney. His books include Empire and Superempire (a comparison between British and American 'imperialisms'), The Absent-Minded Imperialists and The Lion's Share. He mainly lives in Sweden.
"'A striking first book by a Cambridge don with a gift of exposition and clearly endless diligence. It is a very good book indeed.' Times Literary Supplement 'A valuable contribution to the whole story of Empire.' The Sunday Times"