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The Black Hole Of Calcutta: A Reconstruction

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The Black Hole Of Calcutta: A Reconstruction

The Black Hole Of Calcutta: A Reconstruction

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A bare, low-ceilinged dungeon with two barred air-holes, the cell known as the Black Hole prison, in the British East India Company's Fort William, was intended to hold at most a couple of prisoners. But on the terrible night of June 20, 1756, at the end of a four-day battle of astonishing ferocity which saw a vast Indian horde overwhelm the Fort's defenders, 145 men and one woman were cruelly herded into the Black Hole. Only twenty-three survived the ten horriÞc hours till their release at dawn. The siege of Calcutta and the night of the Black Hole together comprise one of the most dramatic episodes of British Imperial history, and Noel Barber's detailed “reconstruction” is so gripping and well-written that I do not hesitate to class his book as history at its compellingly readable best. 9780750933896 

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  • Additional Description
    Language: English | Condition: New 5/5 | Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd | Published: July 2003 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 272 | ISBN: 9780750933896
  • About the Author(s)
    Noel Barber was a British novelist and journalist. Many of his novels, considered exotic romances, as well as his works of 20th century history, are based on his first-hand experiences as leading foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail. Most notably he reported from Morocco, where he was stabbed five times. In October 1956, Barber survived a gun shot wound to the head by a Soviet sentry in Hungary during the Hungarian revolution.
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