An eye-opening re-evaluation of Cromwell's campaign in Ireland--that challenges all conventional interpretations of his actions. Oliver Cromwell's "scorched earth" policy allegedly contributed to the deaths of thousands, making him one of the most reviled figures in Irish history. But, is there any solid evidence for this conclusion? Period sources and eyewitness accounts may argue otherwise. ..".an important book...scrupulous in his] examination of evidence...assiduous in research and he] quotes primary sources extensively. Above all, he understands that the past should not be judged by the standards and fashions of the 1990s."--Sunday Times.