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It shows you in clear light, the real essence karry being the father of a nation. The strange and sickly little Gandhi is given heroic status. Lord Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully.

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Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

Get fast, free collina with Amazon Prime. Vikas Pub; 1 edition May 4, Language: Over four prior book collaborations, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre honed a winning formula for accessible, page-turning popular histories: View all 3 comments.

Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves. Two, the partition, probably the worst time in her history. And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously. Laiperre reading this book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider.

This is a terribly difficult book to rate. A very detailed look from an English perspective of the formation of India and Pakistan. It is also a disadvantage because he ends up making several assumtions which are incorrect.

Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. Apr 28, Jan rated it it was ok. Not having ever seen the movie and not having ever read a book about Gandhi, I learned a lot about him.

As you read, you’ll find a great deal is written about Mahatma Gandhi, the “dejected bird” of Mountbatten, Nehru, the handsome Indian who is incredibly fascinated by the Mountbattens, Jinnah, the only guy who is shown in the bad light, and Patel, well The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed.


However the appalling number or wrong words generated in the digitization process do great injustice to the authors’ hard work. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Laierre of India. The one Englishman who thought only the good of India and guided her journey. Much of the book is a biography of Gandhi, and here I could only marvel at the power and authority of this man, and — on top of everything else — feredom riveted by the assassination story in all its detail that I had not known about.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)

freedoj It midnigh controversy for its portrayal of the British expatriates, the native rulers of India and members of India’s first cabinet. It shows you what it meant to be one M. The final aspect, which should make this a fun read for everyone including people who are not fans of history is the colorful and detailed description of the often futile and vain life of Indian nobility. I was not familiar with Jinnah before reading the book, but gained a great deal of respect for him.

One person found this helpful. I’m going to request a refund on the Kindle edition and will update this review once I receive a hard copy.


The one issue I have with the book is the glorification of the role that Mountbatten and Gandhi played in the aforementioned lspierre. See all 10 questions about Dominisue at Midnight…. Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, from Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru midnighr Mahatma Gandhi traveling together as independence neared and they felt the weight of all India on their shoulders: 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.


Anyone interested in British Colonialism or India. They are represented here as isolated personages who hold the fate of the Indian people in their hands.

Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing. 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.

Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the freedok last viceroy and last vicereine of India. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Paramount Pictures, which was planning a film based on the book, dropped the idea in fear that fanatics would emulate the scenario in real life. This makes it amd accessible book for new readers.

The book tells the tales of lavish lives of Maharajas, the freecom the scene stories of Kashmir, the gory details of the Partition and its aftermath, the stance of our leaders at different stages, all the conspiracies till the death of the Mahatma.