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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by [Alex von Tunzelmann]

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The end of the British Raj remains a controversial topic among historians. Could partition have been avoided if British and Indian politicians were more prudent? Could the communal violence that cost up to a million lives have been avoided or at least mitigated? Although Von Tunzelmann touches on these questions, she does not attempt to answer them, but perhaps those answers are beyond the scope of this general history of the closing years of British control. Instead, she provides an interesting look at the key players in this tumultuous period. Despite the title, there are no startling revelations here. But Von Tunzelmann's portrayals of Nehru, Jinnah, Gandhi, and Louis Mountbatten are often provocative and at odds with more conventional views. Gandhi, for example, is seen as rather rigid, sometimes petty, and maddeningly indecisive. Nehru, the giant of Indian nationalist aspirations, seems more British than the British themselves and distinctly uncomfortable as a leader of a mass movement. This is not a particularly comprehensive account, but for general readers, this work will be very valuable. Freeman, Jay --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"Indian Summer is a true tour de force: absorbing in its detail and masterly in the broad sweep of its canvas."—Sir Martin Gilbert, author of The Somme

"Indian Summer is outstandingly vivid and authoritative. Alex von Tunzelmann brings a lively new voice to narrative history-writing."—Victoria Glendinning, author of Leonard Woolf

"Alex von Tunzelmann is a wonderful historian, as learned as she is shrewd. But she is also something more unexpected: a writer with a wit and an eye for character that Evelyn Waugh would surely have admired."—Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire

"An engaging, controversial, very lively and, at times, refreshingly irreverent tour de force. Alex von Tunzelmann has written a dramatic story, laced with tragedy and farce, and done so very well; a remarkable debut."—Lawrence James, author of The Middle Class: A History and Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India

“This is history as multiple, interconnected biography . . . a book more concerned with the smaller, more colorful threads of individual character than with the broader tapestry of history and retrospective judgment. . . . Indian Summer achieves something both simpler and rarer, placing the behavior and feelings of a few key players at the center of a tumultuous moment in history.”—New York Times Book Review

“A fascinating book that may well change how we look on the benighted world in which we live today.”—Los Angeles Times

“In ‘Indian Summer’, Alex von Tunzelmann pays particular attention to how negotiations were shaped by an interplay of personalities. . . . her account, unlike those of some of her fellow British historians, isn’t filtered by nostalgia.”—The New Yorker

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008QYIAWW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (25 October 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2576 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
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Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London. She writes Reel History, a weekly column about historical movies for The Guardian Film Online.

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