Freedom at Midnight
by Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The electrification of India’s history, the struggle for independence, said in this classic account (first published in 1975) by two excellent journalists who conducted hundreds of interviews with almost all survivors – from Mountbatten for the murderers of Mahatma GandhiOn August 14,1947, a fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the great history of the empire never sawBut 400 million people were to be found in the immediate future, the price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder.In this superb reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the mythical British Raj and examine the role played by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in his violent transformation in the news of India and Pakistan.It is India, Jawaharlal Nehru, the heart broken by the tragedy of the division of the country; of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a Muslim who drank, ate pork and rarely entered a mosque, but led 45 million Muslims to the nation; of Gandhi, who raised a subcontinent without raising his voice; of the last viceroy, Mountbatten.
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