Bleak Lord Linlithgow, Viceroy of India, was scheduled to retire in April 1943, and, though it was well into December, his successor had not been named. His term had already been extended through two abrasive years and he was tired of the job.

For months Winston Churchill and his advisers had sifted through the eligible names without turning up the right man. No wonder. Though the man for the job might be Tory, Liberal or Labor, he had to be of solid family, preferably aristocratic, and immensely able. More important, he had to be of liberal, humanitarian instincts and record, yet...

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