Raffles and the Golden Opportunity by Victoria Glendinning – review

By Dale Williams In Books

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17th January, 2013
Tom (Sir Stamford) Raffles’s empiresized achievements are still reasonably well known: an able and reform-minded administrator of Malacca, he seized Java from the Dutch during the Napoleonic wars, abolished the slave trade in his region, founded the city of Singapore, wrote a history of Java and established London Zoo. That’s the public figure. The giddying roller coaster of his personal fortunes, however, mimic the sensational reverses of Victorian high melodrama, starring Raffles as hero, with hissable villains played by the monolithic megacorporation to which he devoted his life, the ...

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