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Liberty's Exiles


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Maya Jasanoff is Coolidge Professor of history at Harvard University. Her first book, Edge of Empire, was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including the Economist, Guardian and Sunday Times. Her second, Liberty's Exiles was shortlisted for the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize (now Baillie Gifford). A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, Jasanoff won the prestigious 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. Her essays and reviews appear frequently in publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.


`Liberty's Exiles is a book which in scope and originality, global reach and research, intellectual curiosity and sheer provocative panache... can sustain comparison with Linda Colley or the young Simon Schama. The truth is Maya Jasanoff is not just a very good writer, an indefatigable researcher and a fine historian, she is also a bit of a genius.' William Dalrymple

`Stunning...[Jasanoff] delivers history on a grand canvas. This is a narrative of people, places and ideologies that never allows notions of empire to stand still' Daily Telegraph

`Enormously impressive...Not only has Maya Jasanoff found a previously unexplored and fascinating subject, her treatment of it may well prove to be definitive' Spectator

`Liberty's Exiles is not only a masterful historical study, it is also a jolly good read' The Times

`Fascinating, well written and deftly balanced history' Amanda Foreman, Sunday Times

`a fascinating subject...the story comes alive most vividly through the experiences of those few who left diaries, letters, memoirs' The Times

`Jasanoff's achievement in this vivid, superbly researched and high intelligent book is to skilfully weave together a mass of recent revisionist research on these men and women' The Guardian

"For the first time, a work of history follows in detail the diaspora of assorted slaves, colonists, American Indians and redcoats who threw in their lot with Britain and lost. Jasanoff undertakes a substantial revision of the received account of the war...her bold thesis is laid out with cast-iron sensibleness and a strong dose of humanity" The Times

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