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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: S.Chand (G/L) & Company Ltd; 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rahul Rai Khatri TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 April 2016
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1. As usual , Amazon's delivery was swift & fast .
2.Quality of pages isn't good & so did it's erring so I think this book doesn't deserve such a ill-quality version .
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14-15 Aug 1947 was the day when Raj ruled India attained freedom on the cost of vivisection of the country which caused a huge turmoil . The nation wasn't just divided into two but it's the heart of the people which once live together, work together, enjoy each other's festivals turn against one another. Seeds of hatred were sown in those days which actually cost more than a division of land . Punjab- A state once known for the fraternity among Hindus, Muslims & Sikhs had experienced the havoc that even frog leaped Nazi Germany's concentration camps. But how did it began ? Who , When & Where sown those seeds of hatred that divided a peaceful country ? And how that decision kept on affecting millions for years & probably will continue in future too.
Freedom At Midnight is a treasure of information which will enlighten about the tragedy that caused so much of bloodshed that even the British started comparing it with the situation of people in Nazi's concentration camp. A splendid book,it is , to understand the birth of India & Pakistan. It 'll reveal what most of us aren't aware of , lessons that were never taught to us in our schooling (not in India at least) . Albeit it's a work of non-fiction but the deep research by the authors has made it pacy & comparable to a pacy with the speed of a modern jet. A number of stories were also embedded in this tome of 774 pages related to the sufferings brought by partition to the common as well as special people.
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I had already read this book in my college days. But I realized a need to revise my knowledge and clarify facts and fictional stories which we come across everyday on the social media. I consider this book highly authentic account of the actual events at and around the time of independence of India. The authors Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins have themselves been very close to the last Viceroy and the first Governor General of India Lord Mountbatten. So who else can tell the real stories better than them. Believe me, this book will change your mind set about what the actual scenario of the country was at that time and what our leader had to go through to face and handle those situations. A must read for all who want to know the truth behind all the drama.
And moreover this is an Indian Edition with an elaborate re-written Preface by the authors. The authors have also declared that all the royalty from this edition will go for charity work in India. That is something very impressive and appreciable job done by the authors. Kudos.
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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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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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Its difficult to find a book written as objectively as this one is, about India's freedom struggle and the role played by our great leaders in bringing forth the tryst with destiny! In my opinion this book is a classic and classics are beyond review-they invariably touch a chord deep down in the heart and leaves one gasping with choking admiration. A must read book for all those who wish to know about India's freedom struggle and events leading to the partition.
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HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON INDIA'S FREEDOM STRUGGLE IN LAST FEW DECADES...
JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST...........
EVERY INDIAN SHOULD READ IT...
ITS WRITTEN IN NOVEL STYLE WHEREIN REPORTING FROM TWO TO THREE
DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ARE DEPICTED MAKING IT LIVELY & INTERESTING...
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