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Madhusree Mukerjee won a Guggenheim fellowship to write her previous book, The Land of Naked Peop... Read More

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Madhusree Mukerjee won a Guggenheim fellowship to write her previous book, The Land of Naked People. She is a senior editor with Scientific American and lives in New York City.


Winston Churchill has been venerated as a resolute statesman and one of the great political minds of the last century. But, as Madhusree Mukerjee reveals in this groundbreaking historical investigation, his deep-seated bias against Indians precipitated one of the world's greatest man-made disasters -- the Bengal Famine of 1943 -- resulting in the deaths of over four million Indians. Combining meticulous research with a vivid narrative, Churchill's Secret War places this overlooked tragedy into the larger context of World War II, India's freedom struggle and Churchill's legacy.

A bombshell book[A] significant and -- to British readers -- distressing book, the broad thrust of Mukerjee's book is as sound as it is shockingMukerjee not only writes well, she writes from a point of view that most Bengalis and many Indians would share. Her book should be welcomed as a serious attempt to deal in all its aspects with a neglected catastrophe in an era of catastrophes piled grotesquely one on top of anotherAn epic indictment of British policies that cold-bloodedly caused the death of millions of ordinary Indians during the Second World War. With impeccable research, Mukerjee debunks the conventional hagiography of Churchill, showing 'the last imperialist's' monstrous indifference to the peoples of the sub-continentThe sweep and scope of Mukerjee's work are breathtaking. She is equally at home with archival research and local oral histories. It is also to her credit that she has made masterful use of secondary literature . . . Nor is her scholarship confined to matters of political and historical detail. Thanks to her prior scientific training, Mukerjee is also adept in discussing, in limpid prose, questions of human caloric needs for sustaining a normal and healthy existence, as well as the effects of hunger on morbidity . . . Should Churchill's uncritical admirers chance on this brilliant work, and actually read it, they might discover that their demigod sinned mightily against his fellow human beings[Mukerjee] sharpens her point by drawing provocative analogies. Churchill's Secret War is convincingMukerjee has researched this forgotten holocaust with great care and forensic rigour. Her calmly phrased but searing account of imperial brutality will shame admirers of the Greatest Briton and horrify just about everybody elseAn important though uncomfortable lesson for readers who think they know the heroes and villains of World War II[W]ell-researched. This gripping account of historical tragedy is a useful corrective to fashionable theories of benign imperial rule, arguing that a brutal rapaciousness was the very soul of the RajChurchill's Secret War is a major work of historical scholarship, which reveals that one of the 20th century's greatest heroes was also one of its greatest villains. Mukerjee's elegant, precise prose and meticulous research make her tale of colonial brutality all the more gripping and horrificJust occasionally . . . a book really does alter your view of the world, so much so that you insist others read it and sometimes foist it on them as a gift. This has just happened to me with Madhusree Mukerjee's account of the Bengal Famine, titled Churchill's Secret War. I've been absorbed and shaken by it. I don't think anyone who reads Mukerjee can ever see Churchill in the same light again . . . Hundreds of thousands of new titles are published across the world every year in the English language alone. Other than to their authors, it would make very little difference if many had never been put into type . . . But a few of them really do matter-they are, you might say, necessary books. Mukerjee's is one of theseA clearly written and well-researched study. Mukerjee writes with a careful hand, avoiding an easily dismissible rant and smartly allowing Churchill's closest advisors to color in the dark details[N]ever has anything quite this persuasive demonstrated how devastating for the world were Churchill's personal failingsMadhusree Mukerjee's new book, Churchill's Secret War, reveals a side of Churchill largely ignored by the West . . . Mukerjee's book depicts a truth more awful than any fictionMukerjee's work is an important tool in repudiating the dominant legacy of ChurchillMukerjee makes [her] points with a skill and scholarship that are convincing, making the reader see an episode of World War II with new eyes and new sympathyA vivid account of the subject. Churchill's Secret War is a book that needs to be readMadhusree Mukerjee has written a devastating book that is sure to be controversialChurchill's Secret War is a disturbing read, and one that I recommend

With sources ranging from official documents to first-hand accounts of the Bengal famine . . . Mukerjee has
shown what an obscenity the empire was

Product Details

Title: Churchill's Secret War
Author: Madhusree Mukerjee
SKU: BK0446461
EAN: 9780143441632
Language: English

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