Given the fact that she was born into the middle of India's emergence into nationhood; given the people: Jawaharlal and Kamala, Motilal and Gandhi, Feroze and Tagore; given even the small circumstances--the little brother who died within a week, the policeman who carried furniture out of Anand Bhawan, the Moslem who nearly got lynched on the station platform; given all these things, the story seems to move like a well-conducted game of chess."" Detail by exquisitely chosen detail: Miss Garnett. constructs a portrait of Indira Gandi's life: the schooling, the travels, the loneliness: the wealth and the poverty: the responsibility, the fight for independence and unity which was the overpowering concern of the Nehru family. This is history with all its complexities and all its humanity, biography which communicates as closely as possible the soul of an elusive personality. Smoothly and elegantly written: rich in description and insight into Indira and India--a fully realized, unforgettable work.