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The Patient Assassin

A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj
Narrated by: Anita Anand
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

Anita Anand tells the remarkable story of one Indian's 20-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds.

When Sir Michael O'Dwyer, the lieutenant governor of Punjab, ordered brigadier general Reginald Dyer to Amritsar, he wanted him to bring the troublesome city to heel. Sir Michael had become increasingly alarmed at the effect Gandhi was having on his province as well as recent demonstrations, strikes and shows of Hindu-Muslim unity. All these things, in Sir Michael's mind at least, were a precursor to a second Indian Mutiny. What happened next shocked the world. An unauthorised political gathering in the Jallianwallah Bagh in Amritsar in April 1919 became the focal point for Sir Michael's law enforcers. Dyer marched his soldiers into the walled garden, filled with over a thousand unarmed men, women and children, blocking the only exit. Then, without issuing any order to disperse,  he instructed his men to open fire, turning their guns on the thickest parts of the crowd. For 10 minutes they continued firing, stopping only when they ran out of ammunition. 

According to legend, Udham Singh was injured in the attack and remained in the Bagh, surrounded by the dead and dying, until he was able to move the next morning. Then, he supposedly picked up a handful of blood-soaked earth, smeared it across his forehead and vowed to kill the men responsible. 

The truth, as the author has discovered, is more complex but no less dramatic. She traced Singh's journey through Africa and the United States and across Europe before, in March 1940, he finally arrived in front of O'Dwyer in a London hall ready to shoot him down. The Patient Assassin shines a devastating light on one of the Raj's most horrific events but reads like a taut thriller and reveals some astonishing new insights into what really happened. 

©2019 Anita Anand (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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a common template

I have just finished this book and I was glued to it from start to finish. I suppose the reason I was so interested in it is that, if you change the names to Irish names and the places to Irish towns, the story is exactly the same.

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Excellent

Well written and very clear understanding of a pivotal point in Indians history. Beautiful read by the author I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the events of 100 years ago.

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Captivating part of India's history

An amazing true and detailed account of one
man's experience as a native of India during the Raj and how the injustices performed by the British on innocent Indians led to ultimate desire for revenge. Anita Anand hss written an honest and detailed account. I have learned a lot and it was great that she read the audio she was perfect for this.

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Good biography and history

A good biography well read by the author. Includes plenty of relevant background .. but when author lacks information about her character she resorts to such phrases as "must have felt/ must have been" - which is irritating

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Simply wonderful.

I listened to it virtually non stop. the audible equivalent of not being able to put it down. Beautifully written and read by the author. can't praise it any more highly.

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Never a dull moment

Never a dull moment in this engaging and original history. The author's own narration perfectly enhances an excellently-written book.