Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

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Macmillan, 30‏/09‏/2008 - 478 من الصفحات

An extraordinary story of romance, history, and divided loyalties -- set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century

The stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower, and its king ceased to sign himself Rex Imperator.

This defining moment of world history had been brought about by a handful of people. Among them were 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 who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India. Within hours of the midnight chimes, their dreams of freedom and democracy 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.

Steeped in the private papers and reflections of the participants, Alex von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer reveals, in vivid, exhilarating detail, how the actions of a few extraordinary people changed the lives of millions and determined the fate of nations.

 

ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة

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معاينة المستخدمين  - RajivC - LibraryThing

Alex writes well. The style is taut, and the book reads well. At times, it can almost read like a thriller. She has done a good job of writing about the events of the times. It was a very complex ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

INDIAN SUMMER: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

معاينة المستخدمين  - Kirkus

Tepid account of the end of the Raj, though with a little imperialist-colonialist hanky-panky thrown in for good measure.It is small news that Britain ceded its empire willingly, forgetting about ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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A Tryst with Destiny
3
Empire Sobot
11
In Their Gratitude Our Best Reward
13
Mohan and Jawahar
24
Civis Britannicus Sum
43
Dreaming of the East
57
Private Lives 74 UU ONE 6 We Want No Caesars
87
Power without Responsibility
110
Operation Madhouse 167 11 A Barrel of Gunpowder 187 COM 12 Lightning Speed Is Much Too Slow 203 Ni 13 A Full Basket of Apples
219
A Rainbow in the Sky
234
Paradise on Earth
255
The Battle for Delhi
273
Kashmir
292
Maybe Not Today
314
Afterward
341
Echoes
363

A New Theater
127
Now or Never
142

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Alex von Tunzelmann was educated at Oxford and lives in London. Indian Summer is her first book.

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