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Indian Summer by Alex von Tunzelmann
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Dec 22, 2007

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Recommended to Kitson by: NY Times Book Review
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A fascinating cast of players and the twisted world they left us in the Indian sub continent. The reader gets an intelligent-at times even entertaining-evocation of a truly pivotal moment in modern history through the individuals responsible for it. Ms. von Tunzelmann, in what is astoundingly her first book, sketches out the Mahatma, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Lord Mountbatten, and Edwina Mountbatten carefully, humorously, and thoughtfully. Without hyperbolic praise or blame, the reader comes to understand each of these men and how they sabotagued some things and made others possible.
Brief and ultimately heartbreaking though one should take a moment to question how much heart is broken when you crush the dusty old chest of a dusty old man.
Guest Starring: Churchill, FDR, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Mary, Paul Robeson, Queen Elizabeth 2, Noel Coard m.


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