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

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Macmillan, Aug 7, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 401 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

India Summer, the debut novel of historian Alex Von Tunzelmann covers the story of the British Empire giving up its centerpiece and the characters involved. August 15, 1947, India and Pakistan were ... Read full review

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I read the book- Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, by Alex von Tunzelmann. It is a book with a detailed account on how princely states were unified within India and how ... Read full review

Contents

A Tryst with Destiny
4
Empire
9
In Their Gratitude Our Best Reward
11
Mohan and Jawahar
20
Civis Britannicus Sum
36
Dreaming of the East
48
Private Lives
63
We Want No Caesars
74
A New Theater
107
Now or Never
119
Operation Madhouse
139
A Barrel of Gunpowder
156
Lightning Speed Is Much Too Slow
169
A Full Basket of Apples
182
A Rainbow in the Sky
195
Copyright

Power without Responsibility
93

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About the author (2007)

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

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