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"(A) shocking, important study of Britain's treatment of India in the second world war." --Sunday Times

(A) significant and to British readers distressing... It is a ghastly story, and the book s eye-witness accounts of the consequences for the people of Bengal make harrowing reading. Most recent western histories of the war in the east mention the famine as earlier chronicles did not. But Mukerjee s book offers the fullest account I have read...I myself have argued that Churchill s disdain for the interests of black and brown peoples besmirched his awesome wartime record. If the Bengal famine arose from circumstances beyond British control, failure to relieve the starving millions or even to be seen to care much about them was in substantial degree our fault. --Max Hastings

Mukerjee has researched this forgotten holocaust with great care and forensic rigour. Mining an extensive range of sources, she not only sheds light on the imperial shenanigans around the famine, but on a host of related issues, such as the flowering of nationalism in famine-0hit districts, Churchill s fury about the sterling credit that India was piling up in London, or the dreadful situation in the villages even after the famine was technically over. Her calmly phrased but searching account of imperial brutality will shame admirers of the Greatest Briton and horrify just about everyone else. --The Independent

About the Author

Madhusree Mukerjee won a Guggenheim fellowship to write her previous book, The Land of Naked People. She has served on the board of editors of Scientific American. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (12 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465024815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465024810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,50,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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