Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division by Patrick French (Paperback, 2011)
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- DescriptionLiberty or Death is Patrick French's vivid and surprising account of the chaotic final years of colonial rule in India, acclaimed as the definitive book on this subject. At midnight on 14 August 1947, Great Britain's 350-year-old Indian Empire was broken into three pieces. The greatest mass migration in history began, as Muslims fled rth and Hindus fled south, and Britain's role as an imperial power came to an end. Journeying across India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Patrick French brings to life a cast of characters including spies, idealists, freedom fighters and politicians from Winston Churchill to Mahatma Gandhi. The result is a compelling story of deal-making, missed opportunities, hope and tragedy. A fine, lucid book...vividly drawn with vel-like touches . ( Hanif Kureshi ). Extraordinarily able and nuanced...a brilliant book on an important subject...French is the most impressive Western historian of modern India currently at work . ( Herald ). Beautifully written . ( Sunday Times ). French is a natural storyteller...a delightful tale of intrigue, ham-handedness and just plain blundering . ( India Today ). Patrick French is the author of India: A Portrait , Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer , which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Tibet , Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land , The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul , which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.
- Author BiographyPatrick French is a writer and historian, born in England in 1966. He is the author of Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division , which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land and, most recently, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.
- Author(s)Patrick French
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication27/01/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations, ports.
- Weight364 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine22 mm
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