Shameful Flight

The Last Years of the British Empire in India
Wolpert, Stanley
Date published: 
October 2006

In this narrative of the last half decade of the British in India, Stanley Wolpert argues that the hasty departure of the British from the subcontinent laid the groundwork for the continuing violence between India and Pakistan. From the surrender of Singapore in February 1942 to the assassination of Gandhi in January 1948, Wolpert tells the story of the people-including Churchill, Mountbatten, Gandhi, and Nehru--and dramatic events that have been turning points in the history of India, Pakistan, and Britain.