The Hated Cage

Pages: 320
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 17 integrated images

The Hated Cage

An American Tragedy in Britain’s Most Terrifying Prison

Nicholas Guyatt

Buried in the history of our most famous jail, a unique story of captivity, violence and race
9781786079893 (7 Apr 2022)
RRP £25.00

The Book

The War of 1812 - the last time Britain and America went to war with each other.

British redcoats torch the White House and six thousand American privateers languish in the world's largest

prisoner-of-war camp, Dartmoor. All classes and all races, some were as young as thirteen.

Known as the ‘hated cage', Dartmoor wasn't a place you'd expect to be full of life and invention. Yet prisoners taught each other algebra, foreign languages and science. While racism raged in their homeland, in the racially segregated prison Black and white Americans came together to box, dance and stage plays. And they encountered or invented every prison-break cliché. Then came the terrible moment when tension in the prison boiled over…

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 17 integrated images


About the Author

Nicholas Guyatt is a reader in American history at the University of Cambridge. The author of five books, he has written for the Guardian, Telegraph and London Review of Books and was a consultant for the acclaimed BBC Four television series, Racism: A History. He lives in Cambridge with his two daughters.


‘A brilliant and provocative new book… Guyatt has written a remarkable history that matches the gravity of the problem.'

- New Republic on Bind Us Apart

‘Yields important insights.'

- New York Times on Bind Us Apart