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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lord Louis Mountbatten was one of the most interesting people of the 20th Century. This book by his daughter Pamela and her daughter India should not be confused with a scholarly book. It is a fascinating account from the viewpoint of an 18 year old living through some exciting and horrendous times. Lady Pamela and her mother the Vicereine worked far harder among the native peoples than anyone might have expected them so to do.

It would probably be helpful to have some knowledge of the transfer of power in 1947 and the creation of Pakistan. However, I think a person could learn some about that historic occurance by reading this book. The issue of Pakistan is still a plague to many people. Lady Pamela mentions riots in the North West Frontier. This is where there are many difficulties today - 60 years on.

There are pictures in this book from family albums that have not been seen in other books. I would recommend this to anyone with a healthy curiosity about the world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Lady Pamela Mountbatten Hicks is the younger daughter of the late Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a remarkable couple who were glamourous royal relations and high society figures but at the same time energetic and talented military and humanitarian leaders. In 1946 Lord Mountbatten was appointed last Viceroy of India, with the responsibility of ending British rule there. Lord and Lady Mountbatten, with 17 year old Pamela, arrived in India and spent nearly two years during one of the most tumultuous periods in the subcontinent's long history.

Lady Pamela was a teenager when the events she describes in this memoir took place, but she was an intelligent observer who dutifully kept a diary. The diary entries, interspersed with many letters and numerous pictures from her parents' photo albums, make up the bulk of this work. Lady Pamela must be among the very last still living witnesses of this period in Indian history, and thus India Remembered, however inconsequential some of the details may seem, is and will remain an important account. On a more personal level, Lady Pamela has also helped history to better remember her able and talented parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting time frame for India. It shows how well the British kept order in a huge population. It showed that the country was not prepared to rule itself. Photographs were most unique. Mountbatten ruled during the most unsettling time during partition. He also wrote a book "Freedom At Midnight" which gives detail of the process of partition. The books compliment each other. Having lived in India, it brought back many memories. A very good research book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2007
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I anxiously awaited Lady Pamela's book only to be very disappointed in the result. The photos are great as are many of the little memories. An 18 year old, fresh out of school probably isn't the best observer of any events. Her diary entries do add a lot to the personality of the players [for instance her beloved father nagged her to write her diary!] but overall this is a not a very useful book. Campbell-Johnson's "Mission with Mountbatten" is far more useful for a real account of the transfer of power.
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on October 2, 2013
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I'm glad I ordered this book even tho it took over the amount of estimated shipping time to reach me. It is packed with photos and is an interesting memoir of an important time in world history. I've been to India many times and so was intrigued by the title of this book. I have already read a biography of Edwina Mountbatten. This book fill out the time frame so much more.
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on November 18, 2013
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This book isn't profound, but it offers an inside look (through the diaries of Lord Mountabatten's seventeen year-old daughter) of the final days of the British Raj in India. The photos are ample and beautiful, as are the stories about Nehru, Gandhi, Lord and Lady M., and the author herself. You will enjoy this book tremendously
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on April 24, 2015
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My book stunk of extreme cigarette smoke!! I couldn't even put it in my house... I will return this book as I can't handle the awful smell!
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on October 2, 2013
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The book provided the background needed to explain much of what is happening today. A very enjoyable read with insight and courage.
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on May 12, 2013
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A different view of the history of the Mountbattens and a lot of good facts written sympathetically a very worthwhile read.
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on September 23, 2013
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Enjoyed very much! A very interesting personal observation of those times by an eye witness who was part of the process.
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