Indian Summer

Indian Summer

The Secret History of the End of An Empire

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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, "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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805080735
0805080732
Branch Call Number: 954.0359 VonTunze 08/2007
Characteristics: x, 401 p. :,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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