- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Reprint edition (9 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140107814
- ISBN-13: 978-0140107814
- ASIN: 0140107819
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.3 x 21.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
India's Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947 Paperback – 9 Aug 2016
an extract from the book goes "the end of 1907 brought another political trend to the fore. the impatient young men of bengal took to the path of individual heroism and revolutionary terrorism( a term we use without any pejorative meaning and for want for another term). I for one am at a loss as to how a renowned group of 5 historians are not able to find a proper term for our freedom fighters. well let me suggest some - "radical extremists", "ultra extremists" and i am sure that if these wont fit one can easily come up with a little more reverent term than "revolutionary terrorism" interestingly in the chapter on freedom of press the authors mention how people from press were forced to write their content in such a way as to not incur the wrath of the administration. it seems to me that this particular term has been used just as the Britishers would use it albeit a bit mildly( by using revolutionary terrorism instead of flatly terrorism) and with an apology (that stands exposed). Penguin is a UK company. this statement seems to me a devise to flatter the publishers (present generation who most probably revere their colonial past) --Asim Dagar
A fantastic book which takes you to the journey of the past. The minute detail of the past has been taken into consideration. highly recommended for UPSC exams. you wont feel as though you are reading for exam sake as it makes you so curious to know more and more. this book makes you so knowledgeable of the past you'll realise when You study it thoroughly and look into the previous question papers of IAS and say "I can answer this". A great book and A great experience!!! --kavya adiga Mar 15, 2012
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Throughout the book Mr. Chandra seemed to have praised the Congress. Is it true that the independence of India is the fruit of only of Congress and M.K.Gandhi? Doesn't the others like INA, the Martyrs or so called overenthusiastic young lads had no role in the freedom movement?
Mr. Chandra seemed to have intentionally ignored the role of them. What struck me more that the struggle of INA was covered in just one page only, whereas so many irrelevant issues were given more priority.
As on me, I'm an Indian and I have right to know the truth. It's not only Congress, but there were so many persons contributed the freedom movement of India, no matter how little it was. if you can't praise them at least do not insult them by calling overenthusiastic, aimless. it takes a more courage to be aimless or give your life for the motherland.
This book sheds light on all of the important leaders who were a part of the struggle of independence and introduces us to many aspects of India's freedom struggle that we wouldn't come across otherwise. It is a very handy compilation of quotes, anecdotes and many, many cross references from different works on this subject. It is as detailed as it can be in 650 pages.
It is not just facts but also a justified analysis of the same. It touches upon almost every single contribution to the movement, right from the Northwest frontier to the Southern tip of India. But despite being such a big work, it is not at all tedious.
The amount of background stories that has been included for each of the leaders, made the book much more personal than the dreary historical books on Indian history that we read in school.
It is because it makes reading the same things that we have read in school more interesting, more like a recreation of that period of Indian history, only without the audio-visual element.
It is one of the best history books I have read so far. I would highly recommended it to everyone interested in History and a must-read for those preparing for Civil Services' examination.
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However, the poor formatting made it a terrible experience and I feel cheated by this purchase.