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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Great read

    Very interesting full of information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    An Absorbing Tale

    "Indian Summer" is one of the finest accounts of the dissolution of British imperialism in India that I have read. Von Tunzelmann's writing is at once acccesible yet eloquent and her deft maneuvering through time to weave together a comprehensive and authoritative narrative is brilliant. My only caveat is that ubless you are really interested in the politics and personalities behind Indian independence, you might find this book more of a burden than a boon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2007

    World history, with a dash of wit

    ''Indian Summer'' is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian history, British history, or history in general. Alex von Tunzelmann emerges as a vibrant new voice in her field, with a quick wit and canny grasp of global events that puts her in the same league as Barbara Tuchman and William Manchester. ''Indian Summer'' places the stories of Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah, and the Mountbattens within the larger canvas of the postwar disintegration of the British Empire, weaving a story that is both personal and epic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007


    I finished reading this book appropriately at the stroke of midnight 14 August 2007, the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan. This is a wonderful book.Though the areas covered are familiar to me, Alex is able to summarise in a way to bring a fresh perspective and delight the discerning reader who can recognise the familiar territories.The book's strength is the retelling of the close relationship between Nehru and Edwina.One can find many quotes of Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah ,Dickie & Edwina . These quotes are a joy to read.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Partition.This book also has excellent endnotes.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The aftermath of WW II reverberated around the globe at midnight on August 15, 1947, when the British Empire for practical purposes ended. Although some colonies remained in the fold, the crown jewel India was freed. Four hundred million people gained their liberty, but perhaps one million died in the ensuing fighting to carve out segments of the subcontinent and many more millions were exiled as ethnic cleansing took hold from Kashmir to Pakistan to India to the Sikh region. --- The key players on the world stage were English diplomat Louis Mountbatten, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Islamic League leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the ever presence of the mythical Mohandas Gandhi. Alex von Tunzelmann provides the epic picture, but uses that as background to enable readers to get inside and personal with those critical leaders who history books paint heroically, but the author places them under a microscope revealing their flaws as well as their more known strengths. Whereas Gandhi served as a moral example to emulate, he allowed no grays or compromise as the Moslems and Sikhs learn first hand. Whereas Jinnah helped create East and West Pakistan as a viable but geographically split nation, he wanted nothing to do with the British or the Hindi so he also ignored the poverty of what would later become independent Bangladesh. Mountbatten thought he was a great diplomat but his issues were flag designs while people died on the streets and his much more capable spouse had a tryst with Nehru, Ghandi¿s son-in-law and moral heir apparent. Historical readers will enjoy this deep look at ¿The Secret History of the End of an Empire¿ as those placed on pedestals find their statues somewhat crumbling under Ms. Von Tunzelmann¿s somewhat titillating review. --- Harriet Klausner

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