The real-life story, of' Robert Clive would be judged
as wildly implausible if it came from the pen of a novelist.
Clive of India was one of the most extraordinary and
colourful figures Britain has ever produced. The founder of' Britain's
Indian empire, he was also Britain's first great guerrilla fighter
by the age of twenty-seven, conqueror of Bengal at thirty-one
and avenging angel of righteousness against the greed of his own
fellow countrymen at forty-one; before himself being brought under
painful scrutiny by Parliament and dying violently in still mysterious
circumstances before his fiftieth birthday.
Clive was hailed a hero, yet died a deeply unpopular
figure. In this lively and revealing study, Robert Harvey illuminates
Clive's adventures, his drive to success and self-destruction
and to his vicious and premature death, by suicide or murder.