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By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre

The electrifying tale of India's fight for independence, advised during this vintage account (first released in 1975) via effective newshounds who carried out 1000's of interviews with approximately all of the surviving members - from Mountbatten to the assassins of Mahatma Gandhi. On 14 August 1947 one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the best empire heritage has ever noticeable. yet four hundred million humans have been to discover that the speedy rate of freedom was once partition and warfare, insurrection and homicide. during this outstanding reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj and think about the jobs enacted through, between others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the hot India and Pakistan. this can be the India of Jawaharlal Nehru, heart-broken via the tragedy of the country's department; of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a Moslem who drank, ate beef and barely entered a mosque, but led forty five million Moselms to nationhood; of Gandhi, who stirred a subcontinent with out elevating his voice; of the final viceroy, Mountbatten, beseeched by way of the leaders of an self reliant India to take again the powers he'd simply handed to them.

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