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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Freedom at Midnight

Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of miidnight million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north into Pakistan. A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts.

It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Oct 30, Moomtaza rated it it was ok.

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The book is just a manuscript to put forth Britain as the wise and better, quoting Rudyard Kipling, who says that Indians better be ruled by Britishers, and heavily quoting Churchill, who has been depicted as a “guy too important to be in a book on India”.

University of Cambridge Press. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it. I am happy at the generation I am living in, but after reading this book, it made me wonder whether I have missed the most epoch making time of my country, well any country for that matter.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean because of this. The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.

I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. Another chapter I remember is the lavish lifestyle of the Indian Maharajas.


Mahatma Gandhi Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in.

At the center of this drama are Nehru, Jinnah, Mountbatten and, of course, Gandhi, the gentle prophet of revolution, who stirred the masses of the most populous area on earth without raising his voice. Journal of South Asian Studies. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material.

This is an excellent 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 as heroic acts of self-sacrifice.

Anyone interested in History, Indiaphiles.

Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history are 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.

The detail of the reporting in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful lapisrre.

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Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan. Equal atrocities were experienced by the Muslims. Don’t have a Kindle? Forget the questions, did you know Jinnah was a stiff man who had this very uncomfortable stare? To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:. For example, how the line of partition was actually drawn and by whom. However, the Kindle e-book has many typo errors. Sep 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The other facets of the Indian independence story like the Kashmir problem and the issue of princely states have also been dealt in a very detailed manner too and are wonderful read on their own accord themselves.


This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly happened during those tumultuous times in an unbiased manner through the eyes of the person who was at its epicentre. But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. Loving citizens who were once neighbours, turned on each other instantly.

Jan 14, John rated it it was laperre. From each side of their speeding car, the broad fields of sugar cane, wheat, paddy, flat as a man’s hand, ran down to a horizon so distant that it might seem the edge of the world.

I loved this book! 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. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. There is in some sense, a simplification of their actions and intent. Inafter five years’ research and interviews, they published O Jerusalem!

The one issue I have with the book is the glorification of the role that Mountbatten and Gandhi played in the aforementioned events. The pages long book covers one of the defining years in Indian History that starts from Lord Mountbatten being appointed as the Last Viceroy of India to carry out the difficult task of granting independence to India and ends with the funeral of Mahatma Gandhi.