A story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. It shows that the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars.
`A political book in the best sense - helping us to imagine a better world, reminding us that ideas shape how we live and plotting a better future for London . . . full of intriguing facts, always beautifully written . . . Rowan Moore should be Mayor' Alain De Botton