By Miles Hudson

The assassination of political, non secular and army leaders, frequently dictators, is usually obvious because the brief lower to fixing a specific challenge. the writer takes factor with this argument. reading a chain of associated assassinations including their reasons and results, he seeks to illustrate that during many instances the killings have produced unexpected and accidental outcomes that each one too usually bring about the other end result to that wanted.

His case reviews, prepared intriguingly in pairs, disguise such different characters as Julius Caesar and Thomas a' Becket, Gandhi and Jesus Christ, Tsar Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Michael Collins and box Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

This is an soaking up, arguable and informative examine.

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I think that most people meeting him would be conscious, as I was conscious, of a very powerful personality, and this, independent of physical endowment, which indeed is unfavourable. Small, wizened, rather emaciated, no front teeth, it is a personality very poorly adorned with this world’s trimmings. 21 Clearly, from the Nationalists’ point of view the great bonus of this meeting was that here was their leader talking on equal terms with the Viceroy – a new and, to them, massively important development.

On 4 September Gandhi ended his fast. From that moment on both parts of Bengal remained riot free. Gandhi had worked a near miracle. Mountbatten, by now Governor General of the new Indian Republic, at Nehru’s request, wrote a letter: My dear Gandhi, In the Punjab we have fifty-five thousand soldiers and large scale rioting on our hands. In Bengal our forces consist of one man, and there is no rioting. 29 Elsewhere the situation was very different. It had been impossible to draw a boundary without placing very large numbers of Moslems and Hindus alike on the wrong side of the line.

But I hold it to be a virtue to be disaffected to a government which in its totality has done more harm to India than any previous system … I am endeavouring to show to my countrymen that violent non-cooperation only multiplies evil and that as evil can only be sustained by violence, withdrawal of support of evil requires complete abstention from violence. Mr Justice Broomfield then delivered his judgement: Mr Gandhi, you have made my task easy in one way by pleading guilty to the charge. Nevertheless, what remains, namely the determination of a just sentence, is perhaps as difficult a proposition as a judge in this country could have to face.

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