The Yellow Scarf: The Story of the Life of Thuggee Sleeman, Or Major-General Sir William Henry Sleeman, K. C. B., 1788-1856, of the Bengal Army and The Indian Political Service - Sir Francis TukerLondon: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends and corners. Previous owners' name to the first blank alongside a couple of tape marks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise, if a little age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white plates; Maps ; Glossary; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Murder, organized on a vast scale and claiming several million lives, might sound like the outbreak of atomic war. Instead, it is the record of a religious guild using no weapon more deadly than a yellow scarf. The Thugs of India flourished undetected for centuries, killing their victims by strangulation.
This book is the biography of Major-General Sir William Henry Sleeman, who uncovered Thuggee, fought it for a lifetime, and in wiping it out rendered unique service to his fellow men. Running parallel with this] thrilling tale the disorder and chaos of the Native States in the nineteenth century is revealed. We see that but for the British administration, served by ‘Titans’ like Sleeman, India would have remained for many years a subcontinent of feudal, warring despots and races, lost to nationhood. This biography is a reminder that India awaited the British to set them on the path to independence. Sleeman’s life is one of steadfast courage in the face of almost insuperable difficulties.”