Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Freedom at Midnight has ratings and reviews. failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. Jul 19, by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in

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In the first six weeks of independence, half as many people died violent deaths in India and Pakistan as the number of all the Americans who died in all of World War II. Lists with This Book. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. The detail of the reporting in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. 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.

The 30 hours of interviews and thousands of pages of private diaries and notes the authors sifted through give this history a special inside look as seen by the lapuerre who, more than anyone, shaped the final outcome.

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View all 13 comments. Some may take issue with the point of view of the account, insisting that it is written primarily from the British line of sight, but regardless of any bias, it so beautifully and successfully relates the stories of those in the highest seats of power and the impact of mindight often wrenching decisions on the common person.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jan 19, Carolyn rated lapiedre it was amazing Shelves: 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 — be riveted by the assassination story in all its detail that I had not known about. The book describes in vibrant colour and in fiction-like tone few days before from the day the Lord Mountbatten took the office to the funeral day of the father of the Nation.

Nothing is as it would seem to an outsider in India. Amazon Midngiht Stream millions of songs.

After reading this book, you begin to be something other than a total outsider. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. How incredibly he unites India at the The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book. The loss of life is epic and extraordinary, and any who read it will quickly realize that members of all religious groups in this case, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus are capable of horrific violence, as well lpaierre heroic This is a terribly difficult book to rate.

When reading about these little things, one begins to understand more midnigh the partition than what is generally understood. Collins and LaPierre, in their infinitely researched, nuanced account of the independence of the Indian subcontinent, relate their story in prose that approaches the lyrical rhythm of poetry. I don’t think that dominiqur history book this condescending could be written anytime after about 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 freedmo Mountbattens, Jinnah, the only guy who is shown in the bad light, and Patel, well Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.


I have always held frerdom in order for history to teach us, it must be delivered in a form that seduces us into understanding it. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because odminique were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

This is an excellent book. A marvelous book – highly recommended. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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It shows you in clear light, the real essence of being the father of a nation. 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 domijique Hindu-majority rule.

I read many ebooks but have never come across so many “typos”. This book comes off as portraying the functioning and benevolent British Raj that sadly and unfortunately had to go due to extenuating circumstances.

The British, after midniight India in a paternalistic manner were impatient to leave and Mountbatten decided to make the partition occur in a single day in a rush to go home. Read reviews that mention freedom at midnight kindle edition india and pakistan collins and lapierre must read british raj dominique lapierre great book well written last viceroy lord mountbatten read this book indian independence congress party anyone interested indian freedom louis mountbatten jawaharlal nehru jerusalem paris paris burning.