Raj, Secrets, Revolution: A Life of Subhas Chandra Bose
Grice Chapman Publishing (2004)
Revised edition, previously published as The Lost Hero, a biography of Subhas Bose by Quartet Books Ltd (1982)
Fifty-five years on, the truth comes out. India’s fight for independence had little to do with love and non-violence. It involved terrorism and torture, spies who double-crossed their spymasters, and the brutal suppression by the British Raj of the one man they feared — Subhas Bose. Twice he escaped, once on foot and by mule across the rugged, inhospitable landscape of Afghanistan, and then — just as Allied special forces closed in at the end of World War II — by Japanese bomber which crashed mysteriously in Taiwan.
Today Subhas Bose remains highly controversial. In India he is superhero, and hundreds of thousands commemorate his birthday. Many British historians think otherwise, portraying Bose as a quisling of the Nazis.
In this absorbing new biography, Mihir Bose (no relation) ignores ‘history wars’ and uses previously secret documents to describe Bose’s meetings with Hitler and Mussolini and his attempts to persuade the Axis powers to invade India to rid it of the Raj. Raj, Secrets, Revolution also describes Bose’s secret marriage to an Austrian Fraulein — with previously unpublished information from Anita, their daughter — and his wartime journey back to Asia by U-boats to form his Japanese-backed revolutionary army and government-in-exile. What would have happened had Bose been successful?
Reviews of The Lost Hero 1982