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The Indian Mutiny
on 18 October 2013
Julian Spilsbury's book "The Indian Mutiny" is a very readable and informative guide to the sepoy mutiny of 1857. His style of writing is very clear and he concentrates on what is important rather than getting bogged down in too much detail. As a result this is a much shorter and more accesible account than say Saul David's book on the subject.
There are a few minor criticisms I would make though, which prevent me from awarding a full five stars. To start with the maps at the begining of the book are copies of period maps reduced down to fit the size of the paperback, and are virtually unreadable as a result. Secondly a glossary would have been helpful as the author refers to a number of terms which may be explained once but are hard to find again. Finally it would have been nice to have had some photographs to refer to showing the places and people described.
Apart from these small issues though "The Indian Mutiny" by Julian Spilsbury is the best book on the subject I have come across and I would highly reccomend it to anyone wanting to know more about this very violent period of British rule in India.