FREEDOM AT MIDNIGHT BY DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE AND LARRY COLLINS PDF

The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time. This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. They are represented here as isolated personages who hold the fate of the Indian people in their hands. The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations.

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On 14 August one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen. But million people were to find that the immediate price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder. In this superb reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan.

Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accuracy of its general mood. It is a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance. It will give more non-Indians more knowledge of the vast circumstances surrounding the birth of India than anything previously written.

With an instinct for drama and a skill in narration, the authors take the reader from Whitehall to Delhi, to Calcutta, to Lahore, to Pula, to the villages of the Punjab and Bengal; their hold on the reader never falters.

One fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen. But million people were to find that the price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder. In this new edition of their superb reconstruction of events at the time, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Ghandi, Lord Mountbatten, Nehru and Jinnah in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan.

Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accurate of its general mood. Lapierre is French, Collins American. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The book is basically a love letter to Louis Mountbatten and M. K gandhi and justification of the British Raj. The author himself admits that the book is pro-Mountbatten. Furthermore,the authors seemed to try their best to convince the readers that louis mountbatten's efforts to keep India United somehow negated all the atrocities committed by the british raj until then,especially all the time spent planting divisions or widening them to grant their divide and conquer policy immortality , all the lives it has taken and all the assets and wealth of the GOLDEN BIRD , the great britain had looted.

However, much of Louis mountbatten's anxiety and intent to keep India united stems from the responsibility that rested on his shoulders to not make the great britain , the villain as the imperial empire was coming to an end. The writing is good though. A well researched book by Collins and Lapierre.

This is a readable history of events leading up to and immediately after India's independence from Great Britain. It should be a must read for anyone interested in Asia and especially the sub-continent. More importantly it gives good insight to the 4 principal players, Ghandi, Jennah, Nehru, and especially Mountbatten.

The writers were well best with having met with and had access to Mountbatten's many documents related to his role in the independence move. Their meeting ws even more timely because it occurred just before his assassination. Extremely poor quality printing! I bought these as gifts for my friends in the U. There are blank pages and the overall quality of the printing is terrible.

I have my doubts if these books are from the actual publisher. I will never purchase from this seller again! Best book about events around Indian independence and partition in A great well researched work of the authors highlights the minutest details of the conditions and political compulsions dividing India into two - and three in fact later.

However, the book needs to cut to a few unnecessary details totally out of context like the description of Maharajas of Indian princely states and many more to make it more crispy read.

A meticulous re editing is also needed to correct spelling mistakes and lot of typos. Overall, a fantastic and authentic book every Indian - Hindu and Sikh to know the politics of hatred towards them by none other than their own countrymen called Muslims who demanded Pakistan and betrayed the concept of brotherhood shamelessly. For kindle version- Pros- affordable at an amazing price Cons- filled with typographic and grammatical errors ; even dates have been messed up due to typos For the book in general- Pros- detailed journey of india's struggle for independence resurfacing unknown facts of this journey Cons- spanning over pages, it demands a great deal of time.

A well researched, thought provoking, unputdownable book. This book ought to be part of the syllabus of every school. One person found this helpful. Thus is a scam in the name Absolutely pathetic!! Thus is a scam in the name of printing. The text are hardly legible, the historical photos barely visible. Are you sure this is not one of those pirated versions Amazon!?

See all reviews from India. Top international reviews. First read this book over 30 years ago, and decided to read it again given that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India. Reading it again once again proved that Freedom at Midnight continues to remain the definitive book for those readers seeking to understand the events that led to the the most monumental 'divorce' in history, but through a book that is extremely 'easy' to read, given the style it was written in, a hallmark of the style of its authors, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.

Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. A masterpiece. I found it to be interesting, informative, moving, and entertaining. This was the fourth book I read on what happened in the Indian Subcontinent in All four books are excellent. By no stretch of the imagination is Gandhi as important as Jesus, or even Buddha, as Lord Mountbatten would appear to have considered him, but he was very definitely an extremely important figure in what happened in Anecdotally, I can confirm that Freedom at Midnight is right in saying that Pakistanis today in blame Britain for the mess in Kashmir and it is also right in saying that Indians appear to me to be well-disposed towards the British.

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Freedom at Midnight

On 14 August one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen. But million people were to find that the immediate price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder. In this superb reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan. Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accuracy of its general mood. It is a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance. It will give more non-Indians more knowledge of the vast circumstances surrounding the birth of India than anything previously written. With an instinct for drama and a skill in narration, the authors take the reader from Whitehall to Delhi, to Calcutta, to Lahore, to Pula, to the villages of the Punjab and Bengal; their hold on the reader never falters.

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No worse luck could have befallen a book recalling the deeply moving story of India's achievement of freedom from an outside ruler than for it to make its appearance so soon after that freedom had suddenly and brutally been destroyed from within. There is a very cruel irony in this that no one could have possibly foreseen. It is probably too soon to say that India's democracy died untimely in its 28th year. It is also dearly too late to hope that it can survive and grow uncrippled, because what happened to Mrs. Gandhi's India between the conception of this book and its birth would have rocked even the most mature political society, and India's was always fragile and insecure.

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