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Dominique Lapierre , Larry Collins
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1 October 2011

About The Book

This 2009 edition of Freedom At Midnight takes the readers back in time, when India was on the verge of obtaining freedom from the British Raj. The authors start off by throwing light on the appointment of Lord Mountbatten as the nation's final viceroy. This book also comprises of interviews with a number of witnesses to these events, including Lord Mountbatten.

The authors also delve on the partition of India and Pakistan on the basis of religious differences, along with the violence that followed. They move on to talk about the fury of both Muslims and Hindus incited by their communal leaders. They also talk about the largest atrocity in the Indian history, as millions of innocent people were pulled out of their dwelling place and were forced to travel by feet, oxcart, or train, to the place assigned to them by their religious group. Several migrants fell prey to the bloodthirsty extremists from both the religious groups. This book also documents several heart-rending stories during that period.

Freedom at Midnight also provides a detailed account on the events that led to Mahatma Gandhi's assassination by Nathuram Godse. The readers are also told about the life and intents of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a strong Pakistani leader.

This new edition brings together the thoughts from the minds of two generations from an independent nation. Freedom at Midnight poses a question to the 1 billion people of India on what's their contribution towards an India void of inequality, illiteracy and poverty. This book was published in 2011 and is available in Paperback.

Key Features

  • The Time Magazine labeled this astounding piece of literature, the Song of India.
  • It is believed that the authors invested around 300,000 US dollars for their research, yet came out wealthy.

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'Magnificently enlightening and exciting.' -- National Observer, Washington

'The song of India...illuminated like scenes in a pageant.' -- Time Magazine, New York

'Thrilling...staggers the imagination.' --Daily Mail

About the Author

About The Authors: Larry Collins was a well-known journalist and an author from Hartford, Connecticut. He passed away on 20th June, 2005 due to an unexpected cerebral hemorrhage. Dominique Lapierre is a French author, who's been awarded the Padma Bhushan. Some of Lapierre's and Collins' works together include The Fifth Horseman and Is New York Burning?.

Product details

  • Paperback: 774 pages
  • Publisher: Vikas Publishing House; Seventh edition (1 October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8125931864
  • ISBN-13: 978-8125931867
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literal masterpiece. 22 September 2013
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'twas one of those books which leave a lasting impression upon your psyche. The authors have woven the work with such intricate authorship that it might as well pass for a work of fiction. I had to remind myself time and again that I was reading a book on history. The almost tedious attention to detail did not seem egregious, even for an instant. Historians have to learn a lot from the geniuses who have written down this magnum opus! Hats off :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent narrative 23 December 2013
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An awesome book, based mainly on Mountbatten's version of events that led to India's independence and partition.

The narrative is excellent, and it is really difficult to put the book down once you get hooked. The book moves along two lines mostly, one following Gandhi's actions and the other following Mountbatten's(which is in detail, since the authors had personally interviewed Mountbatten extensively for the work).

The authors have their own interpretations in some cases, which makes it all the more interesting.
In short, an excellent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEARCH LIGHT 23 October 2013
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Commendable work by the authors. the book provides many inside facts about well known history of our country INDIA. this book helps to come out of commotion about historical events happened during the Independence period.

some times we feel it as a suspense thriller we go through certain historical events. it enhances respect towards the leaders who were at the helm during Independence.

Younger generation must read this book to enlighten themselves.
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I was fifteen years old when India became independent so the book brought back poignant memories of those days and also filled in the gaps in my knowledge. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book about freedom of india 7 November 2013
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This book cover all aspect of Indian history .You can not deviate during reading this book i mean flow of reading is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you just can't keep it aside... 13 July 2014
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Excellent book!!...The book has gone through every single detail.. and the authors presented it in a thrilling way..Recommended to every young Indian to have a read...Epic compilation of history!!
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