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"Lucid, stylish, perfectly organized and immaculately presented, it has all Mountbatten's best qualities."
- John Keegan, Sunday Times (UK)
"Mountbatten was a close relative of the British royal family; Prince Philip is his nephew; he regularly referred to Queen Elizabeth as his niece; and he was a close confidant of Prince Charles. He was ambitious, and not above using his royal connections to advance his military career. How successful that career was is open to debate. He oversaw the Dieppe raid, which was one of the worst fiascos of the war. He ended the war with command of the Burma theatre, where he seems to have performed well. After the war, he became the last British Viceroy of India, with the task of working out a peaceful transition from British rule. That was a failure, as hundreds of thousands died in riots between Hindus and Muslims. The Muslims could have been forgiven for suspecting Mountbatten's neutrality; his wife was having an affair with the Indian leader Nehru. He was murdered by the IRA in 1979. Why they did this has never been made clear. Mountbatten had never been involved in Irish affairs, and at almost 80 years of age played no significant part in the government. Ziegler does a good job of capturing Mountbatten's charm and his vanity. Mountbatten led a truly interesting life, and Ziegler has produced the definitive biography of that life. His honesty is such that one need not be an uncritical admirer of Mountbatten to enjoy this biography."
More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.
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