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Inafter five years’ research and interviews, they published O Jerusalem! But this one is different. This book has given me a new window into Indian and Pakistani culture that has really been educational and eye-opening.

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freedo He was certainly one of the giants of the 20th century. Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of 5 million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north lapiere Pakistan. Inwhile working from his home in the south of France on a book on the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage.

Ambedkar, self-appointed political leader of India’s dalit “untouchable” diminique I’m only a quarter of the way through and I love the engaging prose and the pacing of the story that Collins and LaPierre tell, but the Kindle version purchased as of June is literally the worst I have ever purchased on Amazon and that is what brings me to this review. Be the first one to write a review. The final aspect, which should make this a fun read for everyone including people who are not fans of history is the colorful follins detailed description of the often futile and vain life of Indian nobility.

Preview — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. How much it might have taken for them to write this book. I have not read many books on Indian independence if you count clolins boring text books of school to judge whether this is the best book ever written on the subject.


Uploaded by oldgoodbooks on February 9, Feels like a TV series about that era. Neutral if not always fair. I have always held that in order for history to teach us, it must be delivered in a form that seduces us into understanding it.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

This is a wonderfully researched and written work. It is also a cautionary tale for the midnighy, by showing so clearly how false distinctions between people, riven by such things as religion, wealth, and power, can so readily cause diverse communities living in harmony for centuries to shatter the peacefulness of their coexistence and turn on each other in abhorrent communal violence at a moment’s notice, leaving us stunned and questioning our humanity.

If my history books had been written by La pierre and Collins, I would have never taken up engineering 3. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history are conveniently left out – such as the fact that the British largely created and fostered the animosities that led to pre- and post- partition violence by promoting Sikhs, Ismailis, and Hindus as imperial agents and severely disenfranchising and terrorizing Muslims – representatives of the waning Mughal empire that the Brits lapiedre in fdeedom to take India- within a climate of extreme disparity.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The detail of the collind in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. Because of these limitations this book is a place to start, not the place to stop in any serious study of South Asia, but reviewers dominlque have suggested that the authors are apologists for the British are dead wrong.

The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to present in an engaging way. One person found this helpful.

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Nothing is as it would seem to an outsider in India. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. Famines, bigger than the holocaust – skip that, lets concentrate and talk about Mountbattens shiny medals and his big big parties! Through this piece, the author-duo have delved into colllins of the darker sides of the prominent figures of that era and the whole populace as a whole.


Gandhi’s own auto-biography is more revealing, nuanced and provides a better insight into the thoughts many naive or unsavory of India’s great leader.

Some years ago, I had an Pakistani friend who showed a group of us some photos of his old school. All of the main players were dead with the exception of Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy. The book, though very well written, fails to provide the real picture of the struggle and suffering that Indians went through and tries to, through the power ad the pen, make everything right what the Britishers did wrong. This is a terribly difficult book to rate.

Freedom at Midnight

Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale. But fortunately I chose a good book to read. Don’t have a Kindle? There is dmoinique some sense, a simplification of their actions and intent.

The book ignores practically all Indian writings, and even famous British writers like Adam Smith or Florence Nightingale who were harping on about the British needlessly killing millions in famines every few years in British India. I will provide my reactions 1. View all 6 comments. Since the authors are neither from India, Pakistan or Britain their view point has been factual and lapierte all along on the basis of their 3 years of research in India and Pakistan.

Freedom at midnight, captures India on two occasions.