“Beautifully written, this book is suspenseful, elegiac, and haunting.”— Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health
“One of the most important books about India in recent years.”— Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City
“Written with a sympathy as deep as its research.”— Richard White, Professor of American History at Stanford University
“Their reporting is painstaking, their stories heartbreaking.”— Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
“An absorbing story not just about bureaucratic ambition and folly, but about power and powerlessness.”— Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost
“This is a book for our time.”— William Clark, Professor of Human Development at Harvard University
On August 11, 1979 …
After eleven days of unrelenting monsoon rains, a two-mile-long dam in western India washed away, unleashing a massive flood upon a densely populated river valley. Thousands perished as a wall of water thirty feet high uprooted buildings, leveled neighborhoods, and tore apart lives. A subsequent conspiracy prevented the public from ever learning the true causes of one of history's deadliest flash floods, and all but the victims slowly forgot.
No One Had a Tongue to Speak resurrects this story, providing a gripping account of an event that history nearly left behind.