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The Red Fort Paperback – Oct 1982

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collier Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020342004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020342007
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,058,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Leasor was one of the bestselling British authors of the second half of the 20th Century. He wrote over 50 books including a rich variety of thrillers, historical novels and biographies. His works included the critically acclaimed The Red Fort, the story of the Indian Mutiny of 1957, The Marine from Mandalay, Boarding Party (made into the film The Sea Wolves starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore), The Plague and the Fire, and The One that Got Away (made into a film starring Hardy Kruger). He also wrote Passport to Oblivion (which sold over 4 million copies around the World and was filmed as Where the Spies Are, starring David Niven), the first of nine novels featuring Dr Jason Love, a Somerset GP called to aid Her Majesty's Secret Service in foreign countries, and another bestselling series about the Far Eastern merchant Robert Gunn in the 19th century. There were also sagas set in Africa --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I feel a bit mean giving this book only three stars but although I found it interesting (as an element of history I have read about previously and elsewhere) somehow the timeline seemed rather jagged and never quite balanced the need to establish a general strategic picture against the many miniscule descriptions arising from many of the individual accounts and memoirs (which may have been compiled after the event). The narrative bounds along (and maintained a certain fascination thereby )- but at other times I felt I had lost the thread amongst the almost unending and quite graphic accounts of injury, pain, disease and death. The author brutally records levels of senior command absurdities, procrastinations and inefficiencies of the British military command of that time and place that to a modern reader it is amazing that even a modest element of victory was ever achieved, still less was it deserved - perhaps because the leadership of the 'mutineers' was even more chaotic. There was genuine heroism, on both sides. But for someone like myself whose family later was involved in setting up and maintaining the imperial Raj, one can only wonder in retrospect how it actually was ever able to grow and survive for almost a further century on such a sandy foundation.
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This is the 2nd time I've read this book, because it's too much to take in at one go. The individual heroism of some of the besieging force was just breathtaking, and the VCs awarded were richly deserved. Many people will want to learn more about the mutiny, specifically what happened at Cawnpore and Lucknow, both rivetting tales of heroism and hardship which are largely forgotten in this age of political correctness. A giant of a book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Nov. 2012
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This book is ok but I found it difficult to see the picture as I read the book. I understood what it was about and the causes but needed better discriptions of the conditions and the area the troops were in.
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By brosav on 30 Sept. 2013
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I bought it because James Leasor is well known. I found very little about the Red Fort at first as it was mainly concerned with an abortive campaign elsewhere.
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