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If one is interested in political history, this book is a gem. One would be bewildered to know about the extent of power struggle the British government was involved with other powers, especially the Russians in the 19th century and early 20th century. One of the prime objective was to keep the rich State of India under their control. It will take you to areas which we have otherwise not treaded. At times you may find the narrative too detailed and there are probably a thousand character which is difficult to keep track while reading. If one has some knowledge of British India, this book is unputdownable.
I heard about The Great Game before reading the book,after reading this book indeed I felt it deserves the name The Great Game. This book is an exhaustive work on the topic,the account of minute details it provides you will show the work done by the author on the subject. Even a small piece of land on the frontier worth a war between the great military powers of the day shows the importance security of the borders for nation states existence. Such a thought had ever occurred to an Indian politician of early days we would not have lost so much of our territory to our neighbours.Which is why this book has a lot to offer for wide spectrum of policy makers even today.It is a master piece on statecraft. A must read for history buffs, I got to connect many dots in the Indian history with this book.
An entertaining look at the intrigues and conflicts of 200 years which shaped the history of Eurasia. Aspects of history which are seldom taught or even mentioned. Also a solid tribute to the many Indians who distinguished themselves in this venture both as pawns and when the situation dictated as players. It’s an engaging read.