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An exhaustively researched, unbiased and well written book,
This review is from: Liberty Or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division (Paperback)
Patrick French's book Liberty or Death is a refreshingly unbiased look at India's freedom movement and the subsequent partition of the sub-continent. The book examines events and prominent figures, Indian, Pakistani and British. Patrick French refrains from casting the main personalities in a black or white mould - all have grey areas and these are brought out in an interesting, and occassionally humorous manner. The book deserves to be read just for its portrayal of the men and women who played important roles in fashioning the destiny of a large chunk of humanity.
The book has other redeeming features as well. It presents a strong argument for why pre-independence India may be considered two separate nations inspite of the people having so much in common. For many Indians like me this is a completely new point of view - one that can lead to a better appreciation of the history of the sub-continent, and in many cases a more broad-minded understanding of the differences between people from the sub-continent's three major countries.
The content is exhaustively researched and presented in a most reader-friendly manner - never once did I find the book dry or uninteresting. I recommend it strongly, especially as it offers an unbiased look at events that have shaped the lives of millions.
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