The Proudest Day
India's Long Road to Independence
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Proudest Day by Anthony Read
Book DescriptionAnd yet when independence came on the stroke of midnight of August 14, 1947, events unfolded with a violence that shocked the world: entire trainloads of Muslim and Hindu refugees were slaughtered on their flight to safety -- not by the British, but by each other. Macaulay's dream had become a flawed and bloody reality. The Proudest Day is a riveting account of the end of the Raj, the most romantic of all the great empires. Anthony Read and David Fisher tell the whole epic story in compelling and colorful detail from its beginnings more than a century earlier; their powerful narrative takes a fresh look at many of the events and personalities involved, especially the three charismatic giants --Gandhi, Nehru, and Jinnah --who dominated the final, increasingly bitter thirty years. Meanwhile, a succession of British politicians and viceroys veered wildly between liberalism and repression until the Raj became a powder keg, wanting only a match.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393318982
(234mm x 157mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 7-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Proudest Day, Paperback (August 1998)» View all books by Anthony Read
First paperback edition of a hardback, previously published in 1997 by Cape. An account of the events leading up to Indian independence at midnight on 14 August 1947, the 'proudest day in Britain's history', as predicted by Lord Macauley in 1835. The authors question the popular romantic image of the event and attempt to set the record straight.
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Author Biography - Anthony Read
Anthony Read is the author of many books, most recently The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle. He lives in England.
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