From the back cover:
"Mau Mau: The very name conjures up images of strange rituals, bloodthirsty savagery, and the wanton slaughter of innocent women and children. Even today, nearly four decades after the event, the memories of the Mau Mau revolt against the British that ripped apart colonial Kenya provoke outrage and horror in the West. In this meticulously researched and vividly written book, Robert B. Edgerton offers a bold and often startling reassessment of the Mau Mau rebellion... The fact that only 32 white civilians were killed while 11,000 Mau Mau lost their lives reveals, as Edgerton makes clear, that the British press distorted the truth about the rebellion."