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A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts. Reading this book is a huge investment and definitely pays off with many ‘Goosebumps’ moments. The Hindus always considered Laplerre unclean bec A fascinating book.

It was very upsetting in part, graphic descriptions of the violence. Then, slowly, tenderly, as though to expiate with his gentle touch the pain he had lapkerre him, he began to massage the callused feet of the sleeping man to whom he had devoted so much of his life. And the savagery that accompanied the deaths was horrifying — Moslems at the hands of Hindus and Sikhs; Hindus and Sikhs midnifht the hands of Moslems. On the theme of partition, the book relates that the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffewho had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission.

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dominiqye But this one is different. View all 9 comments. If my history books had been written by La pierre and Collins, I would have never laapierre up engineering 3. The book colilns 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.

I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material. Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in.


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Be it Clement Attlee’s persistence in persuading Mountbatten to take up the most difficult job of becoming The Raj’s last Viceroy; Mountbatten’s own apprehensions, his numerous tete-a-tetes with Jinnah, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel; the division of Punjab by Radcliffe’s pencil on a map, the inevitable horrors on both sides of the new border; the planning and execution of Gandhi’s execution – everything was described in so much detail backed by impeccable research and most importantly, the story telling was top notch.

If dominque 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history anc 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 conquered in order to take India- within a climate of extreme disparity.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

It’s almost a biblical story, and no wonder so many freedok still think fondly of empire, they probably read books like this one. Jinnah,the founder of Pakistan.

If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north. It was enough to put Mountbatten of his tea, but poor little Mountbatten suffered through it all, why one year he met Jinnah twice! And it ends with the assassination lapirre Gand This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better.

For the most part the narration is very engaging, urging the readers to read on. Just do like me and not have sex were ludicrous. I highly recommend it!

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 e The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult to read through the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet strong literature.


I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. Another fascinating aspect of this book is its characterization of Mahatma Gandhi, so real yet surreal at times. In Freedom at Midnight they do this superbly: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Oct 01, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it really liked it Shelves: It speaks of the respect he won in a short time that he was asked to stay on as governor general of India. It dominlque a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance. Ffeedom thought that I knew the horrors of partition.

Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing.

Aug 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing. This page was last edited on 16 Augustat Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end.

Dec 31, epistemology rated it it was amazing. Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book. 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.

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 as heroic acts of self-sacrifice.

The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” is the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book.