On 14 August 1947 one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence in India. But 400 million people were to find that the immediate price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder.
In this reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan. This is the India of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Gandhi and the last viceroy, Mountbatten.
About the Authors
The enormous success of the international writing partnership of Collins and Lapierre is based on the phenomenal non-fiction bestsellers Or I'll Dress You in Mourning, Is Paris Burning? and O Jerusalem! More recently Lapierre wrote City of Joy (about Calcutta) and Larry Collins has written a number of thrillers published by HarperCollins (Fall From Grace, Maze and Black Eagles). Lapierre is French, Collins American.
'Thrilling... staggers the imagination'
'A vast and complex canvas... rich in vivid details'
'The song of India... illuminated in scenes like a pageant'
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 9th April 1997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2