- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freedom At Midnight Paperback – Oct 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 .
3. Book Review
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.Read more ›
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
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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