267pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London (2016) 2019
"'[Plaut] is well placed to tell Eritrea's modern story and does so masterfully ... Throughout he condenses disparate material into tight and accessible prose ... Plaut's valuable book has at least ensured that, despite the regime's best efforts, this country is not fully hidden from view." Times Literary Supplement
"A masterful account ... Plaut's extensive evidence shows how the regime's repressive stance in power is a consequence of its ruler." Times Higher Education
Martin Plaut, the BBC World Service's former Africa Editor, is an adviser to the Foreign Office and the USA State Department and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.