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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?.



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  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anand Singh on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SatheeshJM on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SAIRAJ on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By masayoshi Tamura TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 September 2014
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Thank you very much.

I'm a Japanese learning India.
I thought I learned a lot by the movie "Gandhi" about the independence of India.
This book gives me a lot more detailed and restless reality of the independence.
Disasters of the partition, Maharaja and Nizam, assassination of Gandhi, and a lot more.

I've leaned a lot
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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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I am one person who ever ran in the opposite direction of that of history books. A friend suggested me this and I take this friend very seriously. I had it on my shelf for a fortnight before I decided to do it. The 800 pages thickness can look overwhelming but, once you start reading...it's darn difficult to put it down. The first time I started reading it....I was in train, there was dim light and yet, I only realized it was 3 in the morning when the train halted at a station. I finished the 200 pages the very first time and it is the first time, too that a book filled me up with so much pride and sadness, with patriotism and betrayal...everything at the same time. There couldn't have been a better book to gift someone important to you, to give them the brush of being an Indian...all through just a book. It's a must-read for every one who knows how to read! I am ordering two more copies to gift my closest people. The price is very good, paper quality is very very good. I found a few typos here and there but..the overall look of the book is unappealing....only until you are on the first page and you can't wait to devour it all in one go!!! Cheers to being Indian and cheers to the Freedom At Midnight!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anupam Singh on 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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An amazing read! This 700+ page book spanning across just 2-3 years gives a very detailed account of what the then 'India' had to go through when it was dissected till Gandhi was assassinated. Since this book is written by non-Indians, it gave me a whole new perspective of how the Britishers viewed the independence as.

As for the service rendered by Amazon, I got the book in just 2 days after placing the order. The book was in good condition, though I wish I got a bookmark with it ;)

PS: Watch out for the chapter "Palaces and Tigers, Elephants and Jewels". I was especially astounded by the eccentricities of the Princes and Rajas.
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