The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence

The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence

The dramatic true story of a celebrated young survivor of a 1919 British massacre in India, and his ferocious twenty-year campaign of revenge that made him a hero to hundreds of millions—and spawned a classic legend.When Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, ordered Brigadier General Reginald Dyer to Amritsar, he wanted Dyer to bring the troublesome city...

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Title:The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence
Author:Anita Anand
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  • Katedurie50

    I knew a little about the Amritsar massacre but found this extended my understanding exponentially. Post-colonial history has to be seen from the perspective of the colonised and marginalised, and this story of rage and revenge makes so many connections, not just with Indian independence movemnets but Russia and Nazi Germany. What I particularly like is that the book doesn't play heroes and villains. Udham Singh is often far from noble; Sir Michael O'Dwyer is a Catholic from Ireland who has rise

    I knew a little about the Amritsar massacre but found this extended my understanding exponentially. Post-colonial history has to be seen from the perspective of the colonised and marginalised, and this story of rage and revenge makes so many connections, not just with Indian independence movemnets but Russia and Nazi Germany. What I particularly like is that the book doesn't play heroes and villains. Udham Singh is often far from noble; Sir Michael O'Dwyer is a Catholic from Ireland who has risen but carried with him a fear and loathing of nationalist politics. Rex Dyer, who ordered the troops to fire, was haunted by the sense that many thought, even in Biitain, he had committed a terrible, inexcusable wrong. And behind it all there's the shadow of the 1857 Mutiny; the British were terrified it could happen again.

    The story is well told, easy to read, but does justice to the complexity of all this.

  • Nick Burridge

    A well researched and compelling story

  • Wanda

    27 JAN 2019 - spied on Geevee's feed. Many Thanks to you, Geevee. Happy Reading.

  • Chrissie

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    5 stars

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