'Astonishing . . . Wagner radically reframes popular assumptions about how the British Empire was won and run . . . engrossing.' 'Superb popular history . . . meticulous forensic research into the events that led to the 1857 uprising.' '[Wagner] has created a historical detective story all the more intriguing because of the archival absence of Bheg himself . . . a fascinating study of life and death in British India.' 'This is a remarkable work of historical detection . . . a meticulously researched and well-documented account of the events leading up to Bheg's execution. . . Wagner's book is a welcome addition to our understanding of the modus operandi of imperialism.' Gripping, fast paced narrative . . . Wagner delves deftly into vast primary source material to illustrate the intricate and multifaceted social histories of events . . . one pleasantly feels less that one is reading a historical account than an a heady whodunit.' A meticulously researched, gripping narrative that brings to life the human aspects of imperialism . . . vividly written . . . page-turning.' 'Remarkable.' Gripping . . . a valuable addition to the existing body of scholarship on 1857.' 'With this book Wagner casts off the crimes -- mutiny and murder -- for which the men of the 46th BNI were massacred. And by doing so, Wagner does something truly magical: nearly 160 years after Bheg's brutal execution, Wagner returns him and his comrades their rightful and due honour.'