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The Tears of the Rajas

Ferdinand Mount is an unlikely scourge of the British Empire. The former editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Mount is a distinguished member of British Establishment, a liberal-leaning Tory, but a proud conservative nonetheless. Thus the tenor of his new book, about India in the 19th century, and the predatory behavior of the East India Company as it cheated, defrauded and otherwise dishonored various princely states, is a bit of surprise. His ancestors, the Lows of Scotland, were mixed up in this dirty business—there are accusations of war crimes here— and are the focus of his entertaining account. You can find more of my thoughts here in a longer review just out in The National.


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