The Mountbattens

The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 25/06/2020
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Synopsis

The intimate story of a unique marriage that spans the heights of glamour and power to infidelity, manipulation and disaster through the heart of the 20th century. DICKIE MOUNTBATTEN: A major figure behind his nephew Philip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II and instrumental in the Royal Family taking the Mountbatten name, he was Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War II and the last Viceroy of India. EDWINA MOUNTBATTEN: Once the richest woman in Britain and a playgirl who enjoyed numerous affairs, she emerged from World War II as a magnetic and talented humanitarian worker loved around the world. From British high society to the South of France, from the battlefields of Burma to the Viceroy's House, The Mountbattens is a rich and filmic story of a powerful partnership, revealing the truth behind a carefully curated legend. Was Mountbatten one of the outstanding leaders of his generation, or a man over-promoted because of his royal birth, high-level connections, film-star looks and ruthless self-promotion? What is the true story behind controversies such as the Dieppe Raid and Indian Partition, the love affair between Edwina and Nehru, and Mountbatten's assassination in 1979? Based on over 100 interviews, research from dozens of archives and new information released under Freedom of Information requests, prize-winning historian Andrew Lownie sheds new light on this remarkable couple.

  • Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781788702980
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 407g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm

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The Mountbattens
Insightful
The Mountbattens is an extremely well researched and interesting biography which is a really insightful look at one of the worlds most well known families.
kellymcf6
The Mountbattens
Bedtime relaxation
This is an excellent read revealing in depth the personalities of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten and detailed historical facts about India and Pakistan.
David Austin
The Mountbattens
A good read about two amazing people
What an extraordinary life Mountbatten and his wife Edwina lived. Privileged undoubtedly but they packed in so much - to both their private and public live... READ MORE
Philip Gollance
The Mountbattens
What you do should be more important than WHO you do.
As an Indiaphile, I'm naturally very interested in the Mountbattens and their role as the last Viceroy and Vicereine of pre-Independence India. I was thril... READ MORE
Barbara L