The Royal Navy’s strategy to end slavery along the East coast of Africa in the 1800’s was to dispatch a squadron to patrol the region. Following what began as a simple policing action, this is the story of the four Royal Naval officers who witnessed how rampant the slave trade remained and made it their personal mission to end it. When the disruption of the trade ships started to step on the toes of the wealthy merchant class, the campaign was cancelled. However, in the end a coalition of naval officers and abolitionists forced the British government’s hand into eradicating the slave trade entirely.
Squadron grew from historian John Broich’s passion to hunt down first-hand accounts of this untold story. Through research from archives throughout the UK, Broich tells a tale of defiance in the face of political corruption, while delivering thrills in the tradition of highseas heroism. If it weren’t a true story, Squadron would be right at home alongside Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series.
‘A true story, backed up by meticulous research… Squadron is an interesting book’ The Times
‘Squadron: Ending the Africa Slave Trade consists of well-told, gripping, and graphic stories of individual battles against the East African slavers on land and water’ New York Journal of Books
‘Brilliant... captivating, insightful and concise... serves as a reminder that out there are true stories that have been swept aside and deserve to be told’ All About History
‘Compelling’ and ‘deeply researched’ New Books in History
'A thoroughly researched and vividly chronicled description of life in Queen Victoria's navy' Commander Tim Ash, Captain HMS WARRIOR (1860), Portsmouth, UK
‘Seriously thought provoking [and] deeply interesting… one of those wonderful history books that uses a series of incidents to open a window on period, places and – most importantly – people’ Nudge Books
Praise for London: Water and the Making of the Modern City:
‘A concise, useful examination of a key aspect of London's modern development’ Choice
‘Its long-term contribution will be to add to our knowledge of how the nineteenth century created not only the idea of controlling private enterprise but the concept of public enterprise’ Environmental Values
‘A pleasure to read’ Raymond Smith, independent environmental historian
‘Much more than an account of the watering of a great metropolis, Broich's book reminds us that cities are infrastructural achievements’ Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame