My review will be on 2 topics: 1) The content of the book 2) The book itself
Warning: If you are an aspirant candidate to write competitive government based exams, this is a book that could probably guide you in story framing, but not help in bulletin points.
To a reader of history, for pleasure: Mr. Chandra has done a tremendous service by extrapolating the data from noise and compiling them into a great feast for knowledge hungry historians like myself. From the 16th century till the attainment of Independence, this book gives you a brilliant overview of the occurrences (in chronological order) and stays away from passing any personal view. Thus, critical thinking is strictly advised if an opinionated dimension is what you seek to achieve.
A top class book overall.
While I cannot stress enough to say how brilliantly the book is written, however it is with dismay that I confess that the seller has mugged me with practically a duplicate copy of the original version. Which is the main reason behind the poor rating, as I'm judging the product itself (not just the content).
I can confidently assess this is the sellers fault based on 2 data points: 1) Empirical evidence of reading plenty of history books 2) Reading books previously and later published by Orient Blackswan
Amazon - Please refrain from selling books from such sellers who practically mugs the customers in broad daylight!
For the uninitiated... It is an old NCERT book which is now commercialized. It is very good and actually important from UPSC point of view. Though many suggest Spectrum, which I won't argue as that is also an excellent book. This is more descriptive and doesn't contain as much details as the Spectrum's does as That is full of facts. This gives the account of events in more of a novel form.
I received my order before estimated delivery date. But the following pages are not printed, they are blank, in this book; Pages-218,219,226,227,230,231,238,239242,243,246,277 I am unhappy because I had ordered 3 book together to save delivery charges.Now I have to order again and pay delivery charges as the book was incomplete, for no fault of mine :(
I am not a student of history. I have listened that this book is widely read by students for a study in the history of modern India. So, out of general interest, I purchased a copy of the book through Amazon. DELIVERY TIME, BEHAVIOUR OF THE DELIVERYMAN, PACKAGING and CONDITION OF THE BOOK DELIVERED were OUTSTANDING. But, after reading it, I felt that contents of the book served a very biased approach with shameless leaning towards Congress and Nehru for the cause of India's struggle for political freedom from British rule. Earlier, I had read a book on INA/Azad Hind Fauz by Hugh Toye --its name was War of The Springing Tiger or something like that, and, thereafter, Leonard Gordon's 'Brothers Against the Raj'. I, then, searched for books on Indian Freedom Movement which detailed about the role of non-Congress leaders and organisations in India's freedom struggle and, suddenly came across with a book named 'History of the Freedom Movement in India' (publisher: Firma KLM) by R.C. Majumdar, who was Ex-HOD, Indology at BHU and also Vice President of 'International Commission for a History of the Scientific and Cultural Development of Mankind' of UNESCO and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The book, in three volumes, described the role and effect of non-Congress factors also, in India's struggle for independence. What shocked me was the statements of the author, in the blurb and Preface and Appendix portions of the book, with detailed accounts of obstructions he faced from top level Congress leaders, except Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in writing an authentic and non-biased history solely based upon documents and evidences. Now, I realised the truth. And, how Nehru and his political companions tried to smudge events from our history books with the help of a section of 'historians'.
Its piracy dont buy check photograph original price and this pirated price. I had a sticker of price over the original one.paper are blakish in colour i compared with a book of my friend who bought it from. Shimla market i found many diffrences its just like a photocopy piece .