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The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity Paperback – 19 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA (19 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031242602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312426026
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,897,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The product of such a great mind at the peak of its power, "The Argumentative Indian" is one of the most stimulating books about India to be written for years."--William Dalrymple, "The Times" (London)
"This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's "Orientalism.""--Soumya Bhattacharya, "The Observer" (London)
"An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher."--Shashi Tharoor, "The Washington Post"
"Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity."--"Library Journal"

"This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's "Orientalism.""--Soumya Bhattacharya, "The Observer" (London)
"The product of a great and playful mind at the peak of its power, "The Argumentative Indian" is the most stimulating and enjoyable book about the idea and identity of India to be written for years."--William Dalrymple, "The New York Review of Books"
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"An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher . . . Breathtaking in its range and scholarly eclecticism."--Shashi Tharoor, "The Washington Post Book World"
"Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity."--"Library Journal"

This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's "Orientalism." "Soumya Bhattacharya, The Observer (London)"

The product of a great and playful mind at the peak of its power, "The Argumentative Indian" is the most stimulating and enjoyable book about the idea and identity of India to be written for years. "William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books"

An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher . . . Breathtaking in its range and scholarly eclecticism. "Shashi Tharoor, The Washington Post Book World"

Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity. "Library Journal""

This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's Orientalism. Soumya Bhattacharya, The Observer (London)

The product of a great and playful mind at the peak of its power, The Argumentative Indian is the most stimulating and enjoyable book about the idea and identity of India to be written for years. William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books

An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher . . . Breathtaking in its range and scholarly eclecticism. Shashi Tharoor, The Washington Post Book World

Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity. Library Journal

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"This is a book that needed to have been written. . . . It would be no surprise if it were to become as defining and influential a work as Edward Said's Orientalism." --Soumya Bhattacharya, The Observer (London)

"The product of a great and playful mind at the peak of its power, The Argumentative Indian is the most stimulating and enjoyable book about the idea and identity of India to be written for years." --William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books

"An intellectual tour de force from an economist who can lay equal claim to the designations of sociologist, historian, political analyst, and moral philosopher . . . Breathtaking in its range and scholarly eclecticism." --Shashi Tharoor, The Washington Post Book World

"Masterfully tying Indian concerns to broader social and philosophical questions, Sen addresses the many aspects of Indian identity." --Library Journal

About the Author

Amartya Sen was born in 1933 and grew up in Santiniketan and in Dhaka (now the capital of Bangladesh). As a student in India and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, he "seriously flirted, in turn, with Sanskrit, mathematics and physics before settling for the eccentric charms of economics," as he has written. Now Lamont University Professor at Harvard, he was Master of Trinity College from 1998 to 2004, and has taught at many other universities in Britain, the United States, and India. When Professor Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998, he was the first Asian to be so honored.


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