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Indian summer : the secret history of the end of an empire /
Alex von Tunzelmann.
imprint
London : Simon & Schuster, 2007.
description
x, 464 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0743285883 (hbk.), 9780743285889 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : Simon & Schuster, 2007.
isbn
0743285883 (hbk.)
9780743285889 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6193633
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Los Angeles Times, August 2007
San Francisco Chronicle, August 2007
Washington Post, August 2007
Globe & Mail, September 2007
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A re-creation of one of the key moments of twentieth-century history: the partition and independence of India, and the final days of the Raj.
Main Description
The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million indians from the British Empire. One of the defining moments of world history had been brought about by a tiny number of people, including Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery prime minister-to-be; Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of india without delay. Within hours of the midnight chimes, the two new nations of india and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. Nehru, Gandhi and the Mountbattens struggled with public and private turmoil while their dreams of freedom and democracy turned to chaos, bloodshed, genocide and war. INDIAN SUMMER depicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free india. Steeped in the private papers and reflections of the participants, this is an extraordinary story of complex passions and divided loyalties. With wit, insight and a sharp eye for detail, Alex von Tunzelmann relates how a handful of people changed the world for ever.

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