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"…a mesmerizing, Conradian tale where the truth is almost too dark to bear. A remarkably gripping popular history."—Kirkus
Praise for Indian Summer
"Irreistible . . . A fascinating book that may well change how we look on the benighted world in which we live today."—Los Angeles Times
“Stirring…von Tunzelmann’s brisk narrative is propelled forward by the personalities of five memorable individuals who all wanted and worked for independence…absorbingly readable.”—Fortune
“Removes the veil from the colorful personalities and events behind India’s independence and partition with Pakistan...von Tunzelmann writes with authority and confidence.”—The Washington Post
"[A] captivating group portrait, pulling forth the most telling details of each figure's inner life. . .To have turned an era of such significance and continuing relevance into a page-turner, to both entertain and educate, is an admirable accomplishment."—San Francisco Chronicle
“This brilliantly written, dramatic, and at times controversial account of empire in India is almost impossible to put down. With it, von Tunzelmann has proven herself a force with which to be reckoned, both as a writer and as an historian."—Caroline Elkins, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
"A brilliantly vivid page-turner that captures the backstage dramas raging on the eve of India's independence."—Tina Brown
Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean and Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London.
I just got this out of the library, although I could have purchased it for $.01 + $3.99 shipping. Hey, I wasn't convinced that it was ex-ante worth it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lenny Breau
After reading "indian Summer" by Alex Von Tunzelmann, I'd read anything she wrote. That's how I came across this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Julio E. Herrera V
After Indian Summer, this is another well researched book by Alex. Arguably cold war had been the most decisive factor to make the kind of political climate we are living in - most... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Prem Prakash @premp2006
I was born in the Finland of the 1960s and went through school in the seventies. All that time I was taught that Cuba is more Soviet than the Soviet Union and that nothing will... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Heikki Hietala
A brilliant "popular" history of misguided US policies in the countries of Dominican Republic, Haiti and, most importantly, Cuba from the 50's through the Cuban Missle crisis, JFK... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by A. K. Berg
I enjoy good writing and had great hopes for this text. I am not a professional historian on writer on the topic of history; I am, however, fairly well-read in ancient Greek and... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by J. Vincent
Other reviews have presented the "big picture" that this book presents. I will just comment on my two favorite episodes: how Cuba became Communist, and how the Cuban Missile Crisis... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Thomas D. Kehoe