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Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins
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Apr 28, 2012

it was ok

Oh dear. This book gets high marks from many reviewers for its easy reading, and whilst there are some nice rhetorical flourishes, they become overused to the point of cliche (if I never see the words 'Queen Victoria's great-grandson' again it will be too soon). If you want to read a romanticised hagiography of Mountbatten, or, if I'm being charitable, a version of the liberation of India as seen through Mountbatten's eyes: read this. If you want to read something that really gets to the heart of the enormous complexities of British rule in India, the Indian liberation movement, the key characters on all sides, and the results of partition (including present day legacies): read Michael French's excellent 'Liberty or Death'.
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message 1: by Kkumar (new)

Kkumar Hagiography it is. Strangely all this Mountbatten boosting derives from an Indian literary tradition - that of prefixing a long list of titles and attributes the the names of Kings.

message 2: by Arun (new)

Arun Thanks for the review and the book recommendation.

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