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Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Forgotten Indian Famine of World War II Hardcover – 26 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1st Edition edition (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780465002016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465002016
  • ASIN: 0465002013
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"(A) significant and - to British readers - distressing... It is a ghastly story, and the book's eye-witness accounts of the consequences for the people of Bengal make harrowing reading. Most recent western histories of the war in the east mention the famine as earlier chronicles did not. But Mukerjee's book offers the fullest account I have read...I myself have argued that Churchill's disdain for the interests of black and brown peoples besmirched his awesome wartime record. If the Bengal famine arose from circumstances beyond British control, failure to relieve the starving millions - or even to be seen to care much about them - was in substantial degree our fault."
--Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

"shocking, important study of Britain's treatment of India in the second world war."
--The Sunday Times

About the Author

Madhusree Mukerjee won a Guggenheim fellowship to write her previous book, The Land of Naked People. She previously served on the board of editors of Scientific American and now lives in Frankfurt.


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