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The amount of research that has gone through the book is reflected in every page. If you only read this book you won’t know, for the authors were obviously very aware that Mountbatten descendents themselves would be reading this book, and they didn’t want to make them uncomfortable with annoying little questions.

The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. The writing is superb. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India. 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.

Aug 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing.

It shows you what it meant to be one M. All of the main players were dead with the exception of Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy. The author do possess storytelling skills,but as an objective vreedom neutral historical text,this book leaves a lot to be desired.

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The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to absolve the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition. While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years.


If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything about history can clearly understand. The author does not hesitate to criticise the Maharajas of India and Indian national leaders. View all 5 comments.

Ambedkar – one of the authors of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule.

But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. The significance lies in invoking the re-awakening of the Indian spirit.

The best book ever written on the birth of Pakistan as a nation. He also wrote Maze: 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. The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and back in India, which gives an impression that the book is true to the events and emotions of the era.

Overall, it is a book that is worth reading. This account of the events leading up to partition, and the subsequent creation of a new nation, holds nothing back. He went back to Procter and Gamble and became the products manager of the new foods division in A very detailed look from an English perspective of the formation of India and Pakistan.

Uploaded by oldgoodbooks on February 9, And oh, look, Mountbatten has a Rolls Royce! It was the cow-dust hour, an hour as ancient, as unforgettable as India itself. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually found it quite factual and objectively narrated. I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth.

He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing. It is also a disad It is rare for me to read a non fiction. If you can’t play well together, something else has to happen, and the Muslims were obviously underrepresented enough to know what would happen when the English pulled out.


Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than themselves. And although that was a largely ceremonial title, the government’s leaders asked him to secretly take on almost dictatorial powers when the crisis came. The borders were penciled in by another English man who had not seen India and agonized about his creation.

Be the first one to write a review. Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning?

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You are bound to bow in humility and fall in love with this mahatma, whether you have read good or bad or nothing about him before. Lapirere this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school.

Unlike the other history books which states just facts this book shows the social condition too, in its own way. I was not familiar with Jinnah before larrry the book, but gained a great deal of respect for him. On the other hand, the authors were clearly Anglophiles enamored of the last British Viceroy in India, Lord Mountbatten.

Return to Book Page. It opens with a full description of all the scriptural and other sacred referents involved in a Brahmin man heading out to the fields to take a dump in the early morning.

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

Jinnah,the founder of Pakistan. How did I not know any of this? Frankly, never has a single book amazed and intrigued me so much, while being so educative and informative. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi.

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