The Blood Telegram

The Blood Telegram

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Author
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Highlights
  • Gary J. Bass
  • English
Description
In 1971, the Pakistani army launched a devastating crackdown on what was then East Pakistan (today’s independent Bangladesh), killing thousands of people and sending ten million refugees fleeing into India. The events also sparked the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. Drawing on recently declassified documents, unheard White House tapes, and meticulous investigative reporting, Gary Bass gives us an unprecedented chronicle of the break-up of Pakistan, and India’s role in it. This is the pathbreaking account of India’s real motives, the build-up to the war, and the secret decisions taken by Indira Gandhi and her closest advisers. This book is also the story of how two of the world’s great democracies—India and the United States—dealt with one of the most terrible humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Gary Bass writes a revealing account of how the Bangladeshis became collateral damage in the great game being played by America and China, with Pakistan as the unlikely power broker. The United States’ embrace of the military dictatorship in Islamabad would affect geopolitics for decades, beginning a pattern of American anti-democratic engagement in Pakistan that went back far beyond General Musharraf. The Blood Telegram is a revelatory and compelling work, essential reading for anyone interested in the recent history of our region.
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Specifications
Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Random House India
ISBN
  • 9788184004830
Publication Date
  • 2013-10-01
File Size
  • 0.91 MB
Ratings & Reviews
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5

Good book to read

This was a good book. It is recent history and us at the heart of it so make exceptionally good reading specially if you are keyed in to history and politics.

It talks less about the actual war and the semantics of it so it is not for people looking to enrich there learning of how India plonked our neighbors backside. However it goes into detail on the geo-political maneuvering involving Nixon, Pakis, China and our very own Indira. It is a very clear peek into the times that were 60's-70's....
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Bhanu Pathak

Certified Buyer, Gurgaon

Feb, 2014

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Enlightening

Shows how personal views of leaders can lead to tragedy. i feel this book is for anybody who is interested in history of international politics especially for Indians, paks, bengalis & Americans
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Nilesh Darawade

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Oct, 2014

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Eye opening account from a different perspective

Blass does a great job bringing the 1971 War for the Liberation of Bangladesh to life, using a combination of in-depth sources from around the world. The duplicity of those two war criminals, Kissinger and Nixon, is obvious from this account. A must-read for anyone interested in geo-politics in general and the subcontinent in particular.
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Palamadai Ganapathy

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Mar, 2014

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An excellent book

The history is repeating. Nixon is replaced by Obama. Henry Kissinger by Kerry. Mujib is replaced by his daughter, Sk Hasina. India (without Indira) is again on the right side of history. Russia too. China this time is with India and Russia.
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Moinak Sengupta

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Feb, 2014

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