Churchill’S Secret War

Author: madhusree mukerjee

ISBN: 9789380658476

Pub Date: 16-aug


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A skillfully written and deeply researched expose of the ‘other side’ of one of the world’s greatest statesmen, Winston Churchill and his role in one of the world’s greatest manmade disasters – the Bengal Famine. A major contribution to Indian history and the history of the Second World War.

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A dogged enemy of Hitler, resolute ally of the Americans, and inspiring leader through World War II, Winston Churchill is venerated as one of the truly great statesmen of the last century. But while he has been widely extolled for his achievements, parts of Churchill’s record have gone woe fully unexamined. As journalist Madhusree Mukerjee reveals, at the same time that Churchill brilliantly opposed the barbarism of the Nazis, he governed India with a fierce resolve to crush its freedom movement and a profound contempt for native lives. A series of Churchill’s decisions between 1940 and1944 directly and evitably led to the deaths of some three million Indians. The streets of eastern Indian cities were lined with corpses, yet instead of sending emergency food shipments Churchill used the wheat and ships at his disposal to build stockpiles for feeding postwar Britain and Europe. Combining meticulous research with a vivid narrative, and riveting accounts of personality and policy clashes within and without the British War Cabinet, Churchill’s Secret War places this oft-overlooked tragedy into the larger context of WWII, India’s fight for freedom, and Churchill’s enduring legacy. Winston Churchill may have found victory in Europe, but, as this round breaking historical investigation reveals, his mismanagement―facilitated by dubious advice from scientist and eugenicist Lord Cherwell―devastated India and set the stage for the massive bloodletting that accompanied Independence.


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