The Great Mutiny

by C hristopher Hibbert.Viking, $15.00. The so-called Mutiny of 1857 has been viewed as the first Indian demand for independence or the last convulsion of Indian feudalism. Either way, it was a bloody, complicated upheaval, rich in the unexpected and inexplicable. Mr. Hibbert tells the story well, with much enlivening detail. The fact that the detail is drawn largely from English participants gives the book a superficial air of bias which the author works hard to counteract. He is well aware that the British asked for the trouble they got. Illustrations, glossary, notes, index.