Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jul 8, 2010 - History - 592 pages
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The definitive and first non-partisan biography of one of the most formidable political figures of the twentieth century (voted Woman of the Millennium in a BBC poll, 2000)

Indira Gandhi’s life, from her birth in 1917, through partition and up to her assassination in 1984, was dominated by the politics of her country. Always directly involved in India’s turbulent twentieth-century history, once she accepted the mantle of power, she became one of the world’s most powerful and significant women. This biography, the first to be written by an unpartisan, Western woman, will focus on Gandhi’s role as a female leader of men in one of the most chauvinistic, complex and politicised cultures in the world.

Comprehensive, yet also personal, Frank’s biography will deal with power and how this often isolated woman handled it, alongside her family and her emotional life. It will be the definitive book on one of this century’s most powerful and important women.

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

This isn’t a scintillating book, but I came away with a clearer sense of this particular era in Indian history. The most interesting part of the book is Indira’s youth, and there are two reasons for ... Read full review


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This compelling popular biography (the first in many years) carefully places Indira Gandhi, India's third prime minister, in the context of the Congress Party prior to independence and in the first ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Katherine Frank, who was born and educated in the United States, is the author of three acclaimed biographies, of Lucie Duff Gordon, Emily Bronte and Mary Kingsley. She has taught at universities in West Africa and the Middle East as well as Britain. During six years of researching and writing Indira she spent extended periods in India. She now lives in England.

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