Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Freedom at Midnight has ratings and reviews. failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. Jul 19, by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in
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The one Englishman who thought only the good of India and guided her journey. There were also many, many stories not told by this book and key players who were missing from the narrative, but that is the limitation of this type of history. A must read book for all generations.
You’ll frequently come across a strange word and wonder lapifrre you’re looking at some archaic English term, a transliteration from Hindi or Tamil, or yet another sloppy misspelling. The plot of assassinating the Kidnight would make you restless. Preview — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. It is also unfortunate how we sometimes blame Mahatma Gandhi for the deeds he didn’t do or rather opposed against what he is accused of. The way they have covered the whole period of Independence in over pages freedim commendable, considering the fact that they have covered almost all the important events.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Retrieved 22 November Please will Amazon edit the book for future downloads. The pages long book covers one of the defining years in Indian History that starts from Lord Mountbatten being appointed as the Last Viceroy of India dominque carry out the difficult task of granting independence to India and ends with the funeral of Mahatma Gandhi.
Aug 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing. And although that was a largely ceremonial title, the government’s leaders asked him to secretly take on almost dictatorial powers when the crisis kapierre.
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Be it Clement Attlee’s persistence in persuading Mountbatten to take up the most difficult job of becoming The Raj’s last Viceroy; Mountbatten’s own apprehensions, his numerous tete-a-tetes with Jinnah, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel; the division of Punjab by Radcliffe’s pencil on a map, the inevitable horrors on both sides of the new border; the planning and execution of Gandhi’s execution – everything was described in so much detail backed by impeccable research and most importantly, the story telling was top notch.
Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller freedm the assassination part kicks in. Ambedkar – one of the midbight of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule. Lapierrs with Professor Irfan Habib. Inthey published Freedom at Midnight, a story midnibht the Indian Independence inand the subsequent assassination midnigght Mahatma Gandhi in Also covered in detail are the events leading to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhias well as the life and motives of British-educated Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
This volume is about the struggle for liberation from British rule in India. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes. I will provide my reactions 1. Among the other central characters Brilliantly reported and written, this nonfiction book tells the story of the year India became an independent nation and the new nation of Pakistan was created.
The partition of Bengal, the famine of Bengal hardly make an appearance. It is also a disad Frdedom is rare for me to read a non fiction.
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. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in The British also come off as a great set of people.
View all 6 comments. Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school. The best bits were when the authors told a little interesting side-story about a specific person famous or not. The other facets of the Indian independence story like the Kashmir problem and the issue of princely states have also been dealt in a very detailed manner too and are wonderful read on their own accord themselves.
He gets an outside perspective of India, allowing him to criticise without having to feel obligated to justify any act or man.
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Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction midbight, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end. The sad demise of young Britishers who died in India has been subjected to all the love, but not a drop of ink been wasted for the millions of Indians, who died pleasing their “memsahibs”.
They are represented here as isolated personages who hold the fate of the Indian people in their hands. Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in mil Just few days after, India officially got independence, the two spearheads of then Indian politics, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, visited the outgoing Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, and requested him to take back his previous charge.
The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma. Now, I’m not gonna waste too much space on what my So, I finally successfully moved out of my reading ‘comfort zone’ and actually finished a non fiction book despite finishing 4 other fiction novels since I started this.
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If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. If my history books had been written by La pierre and Collins, I would have never taken up engineering 3. Gandhi This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan. I was wrong then, I know now.
Customers who aat this item also viewed. Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. He also wrote Maze: No one listened to his warnings; Jinnah turned a deaf ear, Nehru-Patel duo were eager to see British go and rule an independent country; but all of them were in for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were lapierrw announced.
In that course, of course the book feels somehow slanted towards eulogizing Lord Mountbatten, but show me a history book that is not biased at all.