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When it was originally published in 1951 this book was the first full-length inside story of one of the greatest world developments of our time - the transfer of power in India by partition by consent - the reconciliation of East and West, of ruler and ruled. This tour de force was primarily the achievement of Lord Mountbatten's dynamic diplomacy by discussion, allied to the statesmanship of the Indian leaders. To assist him Lord Mountbatten gathered a high powered Staff team headed by Lord Ismay and including the author of this book. In his capacity as Press Attach to the last Viceroy and the first Governor General of the Dominion of India, Mr Alan Campbell-Johnson was engaged in what has been described "as one of the most momentous Public Relations jobs ever created by events". Throughout this time he kept daily notes of his experiences and impressions, finding himself in the privileged position of being able to write not just from the documents and data of others but from history of which he was part. So it is that Mr Alan Campbell-Johnson records here, as though caught in amber, the interplay of great personalities at the hour of decision. Gandhi, saint and seer - India's "Father of the Nation"; Jinnah, the creator of Pakistan; Nehru, world figure, Prime Minister and Gandhi's "chosen son"; Liaquat Ali Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan and Jinnah's right hand man; Vallabhbhai Patel, India's Deputy Prime Minister and strong man; Rajagopalachari, philosopher and elder statesman; the elder Nizam of Hyderabad; and from day to day the indefatigable Mountbattens themselves. The records cover a period from 19 Dec 1946 to 20 May 1948. This edition has been updated by the author in March 1997 in the current edition designated as the Jubilee issue (to celebrate 50 years of India's Independence). It is one of a trilogy of books authorised by the author. The other two books are : 1. Mountbatten In Retrospect (ISBN 1897829329) 2. Peace Offering (ISBN 1897829469)
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The career of Alan Campbell-Johnson (1913-1998) has from the outset followed the triple line of author, politics and public relations. Educated Westminster, History Scholar at Christ Church (Oxford), he served as Political Secretary to Sir Archibald Sinclair, Liberal Leader between 1937 and 1940. During this time he wrote full length biographies of Anthony Eden and Lord Halifax, the former earning him commendation of Sir Winston Churchill. Nearly four years of his war service in the RAF was spent on the Head-quarters Staff of Lord Mountbatten at combined Operations and in South-east Asia Command where he was officer in charge of the Inter-Allied Records Section. He stood twice for Parliament as Liberal candidate for Salisbury and was a well known broadcaster. He was Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of a Public Relations Consultancy acting for a number if leading British and International businesses. He is survived by his wife, Fay. "Mission with Mountbatten" is the day-by-day record of his third assignment on Lord Mountbattens Staff, this time in civilian capacity as Press Attach to Indias last Viceroy and first constitutional Governor-General.Review:
A first hand account, illuminated by comment which is both informed and independent. No one will be able to ignore Campbell-Johnson's evidence nor is anyone likely to impunge his integrity. -- The Times Literary Supplement
Alan Campbell-Johnson's day-to-day record of his experiences and impressions was first published only three years after the momentous events described therein. It was the first authoritative full length account and it had the immediacy and impact of a news story. It was at once recognised as primary source and nearly every subsequent account of those fifteen crowded crucial months has quoted from it or relied upon it to some extent. While it is no longer news and has ripened into history his diary narrative of the events....remain as "gripping and vivid" as it did when Nehru so described it at the time of its original publication. Re-reading this historic document has brought back to me the vivid memory of the excitement and almost unbelievable pressure under which we worked. But it has also brought back astonishingly happy memories of friendship and trust in the midst of crises and calamities.....I am glad that this book will now be available to a new generation who were not even born when these events occurred. Through this book they will have the chance to sharing in the living experience of a turning point in history. -- Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, 1972 Edition ,
The book reads exceedingly well. It is gripping and vivid. (refers to books initial publication) -- Jawharlal Nehru, 1951
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