Indian Summer

Indian Summer

The Secret History of the End of An Empire

Book - 2007
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The last days of the British Raj. The end of empire. A love affair between Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last British viceroy to India, and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million people from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, a nation admitted it was no longer a superpower, and a king ceased to sign himself Rex Imperator. It was one of the defining moments of world history, but it had been brought about by a tiny group of people. Among them were Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister with radical plans for a socialist revolution; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the Muslim leader who would stop at nothing to establish the world's first modern Islamic state; 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 without delay. Within hours of the midnight chimes, the two new nations of India and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. Nehru, Jinnah, 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 saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed. It 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.
Publisher: Toronto : M & S, c2007
ISBN: 9780771087417
Branch Call Number: 954.0359 VON
Characteristics: x, 464 p. : ill., maps ; 24 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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