From an eminent and provocative historian, a wrenching parable of the ravages of colonialism.

“Well written and full of disturbing detail—a new and much-needed perspective on an iconic museum object.” —Bénédicte Savoy, author of Africa’s Struggle for Its Art

“A major contribution to the debate over whether and how to repatriate the countless objects and artworks acquired through dubious means that reside in the museums of former colonial powers.”

—Washington Post

“Concise and convincing, this damning account reveals the painful legacy of colonialism.” —Publishers Weekly