ISBN: 978 984 05 1650 6

Reprint: Fourth Impression (August 2017)

Cover Type: HB

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The Cruel Birth of Bangladesh: Memoirs of an American Diplomat

By Archer K Blood (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2002 No. of Pages: 392 Weight (kg): 1


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ROAD TO BANGLADESH SERIES is designed to present published accounts of the background to the emergence of Bangladesh. The Series showcases such a collection that, when put together, achieves a well-rounded narrative of the events of 1971. Books in the series should be an invaluable collection for those interested in South Asian affairs, particularly students and scholars of politics, history, development and social transformation.

The Cruel Birth of Bangladesh is an account of the emergence of Bangladesh seen through the eyes of a sympathetic American diplomat based in Dhaka during the gathering of the storm in 1970 leading to the War of Liberation in 1971. Archer Blood glorifies the independence struggle of Bangladesh as a "Transformation of seemingly forlorn Dream into a bright shining Reality". The book reflects a deep commitment to freedom on the part of the author and reads like an epitaph for the martyrs of struggle of the Bengali people. In 24 chapters the author chronicles the events of 1971 as he and the staff of the United States Mission in Dhaka saw them unfold. Blood had to wait until December 1998 for the State Department to declassify the documents, telegrams and other messages related to this period before he could use them. The story that emerges, portrays large and vastly important drama of the real protagonists of the period: General Yahya Khan, Z.A. Bhutto and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Blood attempts to explain how the three men handled the enormous pressures from onrushing events - from their own constituencies, from the other two, and from their own sense of personal duty and responsibilities. The structure of the book, therefore, swings from being both an intensely personal memoir to a serious account of the many aspects of Bangladesh crisis, which was later described by Henry Kissinger as perhaps the most complex and difficult issue to confront the first Nixon term.


1.  First Encounter
2. Return to East Pakistan
3. Dramatics Personae
4. Lull Before the Strom
5. Nature’s Fury
6. Blot on the Escutcheon
7. The Cyclone and the Elections
8. An Election all too Conclusive
9. Post-Election Manuevers
10. The Die is Cast
11.  A Step Back from the Brink
12.  Countdown to Disaster
13.  Man’s Fury
14.  Selective Genocide
15.  Evacuees, “Thin-Outs” or Miscreants
16.  Dangerous Dissent
17.  A Problem of Communication
18.  Nadir
19.  Resistance  and Escalation
20.  Military Disaster Trumps Natural Disaster
21.  Birth of a Nation
22.  Return to Washington
23.  Epilogue
24.  Return to Bangladesh


This book features in: Academic and Reference Books History Bangladesh Liberation War

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