India, Feb. 15 -- The Mountbattens have been a subject of great interest both in England and in South Asia for their historic roles in shaping the region. A number of books have already been published on their lives. Aside from being influential people of historic importance, they also evoked tremendous curiosity for their social lives, marriage, and friendships. Some of the stories continue to animate social conversations. After all, tales of love and betrayal are always subjects of special interest. So what can another book offer? The Mountbattens: Their lives and Loves is a fine blend of political, military, and personal history. It does not suggest that historical figures are always morally upright and ethically sound. Nearly all histor...