Indian Summer

Indian Summer

The Secret History of the End of An Empire

Book - 2007
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At midnight on August 15, 1947, 400 million people were liberated from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower. This defining moment was brought about by a handful of people: Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple sent to get Britain out of India. Within hours, their dreams would turn to chaos, bloodshed, and war. Behind the scenes, a secret personal drama was also unfolding, as Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru began a passionate love affair. Their romance developed alongside Cold War conspiracies, the beginning of a terrible conflict in Kashmir, and an epic sweep of events that saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805080735
0805080732
Branch Call Number: DS480.842 .V66 2007
954.035 V948i
Characteristics: x, 401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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GummiGirl
Jul 03, 2012

A somewhat gossipy history of India's fight for independence and the tragedy of Partition, with a focus on several major figures--Nehru, Gandhi, and the Mountbattens--with their strengths and foibles.

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kisse
Jan 10, 2011

It covers Dikies Partisan involvement in Details on the Partition of India in more details than I have ever read and of the relationship of Nehru and Lady Mountbatten...it also absolves Jinnah of what has been repeated claimed as Non -secularism .Very readable and easy assimilation for those who have read other books on this Tragic Event....the Biggest Blunder of Dickie...even more so than"HMS.Kelly" and the Canadian Landing ...at Dieppe!!!

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lintonm
Aug 04, 2010

Superb book; hard to put down. I found it filled many of the gaps in my knowledge of the players in India's independence.
The author's rare acerbic comments are delightful; the foot notes are well done.

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