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But Where Is The Book?

Declassified CIA papers are a better read than MoD narratives, but a structure would have been welcome

But Where Is The Book?
But Where Is The Book?
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Thirty-seven years after the last full-fledged war India fought comes a book that goes into the primary sources of the events as they were seen in Islamabad, Washington and New Delhi. Readers have to be grateful to the authors who sifted through 1,300 pages of recently declassified US government records to piece together a historical work that greatly improves upon either the ministry of defence’s low-grade narrative, or the vulgar, jingoistic Indian works on how we cut "Pakistan down to size". The central character is clearly Nixon for whom this war turned into tragedy, chiefly because he suffered Shakespeare’s definition of "the tragic fatal flaw"—an unremitting dislike bordering on hatred for India and its premier, Indira Gandhi. It would be a mistake to merely relate the narrative to events as they occurred. Far more interesting are the characters, revealed through dialogue, as in any good play. There is Nixon, with a brash exterior, crudely spoken but deeply insecure within, and in need of constant reassurance of his capabilities and his...
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