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read it cover to cover. In the midway I realized that it is truly a pro-congress or pro-nationalist book. But, then also I proceeded. There are times, when it tries to justify the stand of Congress on critical matters. A reader must read it with this 'bias' in mind of authors because as already been said by others that most of the authors are from JNU and in some way or other are associated with different government institutions. However, it is a good read in terms of it's style of presenting history. In fact, one can easily find that history is not merely about memorizing the dates, it is more about seeing the undercurrent of thoughts which were determinant in making that date historical. So in all, I would suggest it is for a mature reader not an amateur one. --Gyan Vikas Feb 15, 2012

an extract from the book goes "the end of 1907 brought another political trend to the fore. the impatient young men of bengal took to the path of individual heroism and revolutionary terrorism( a term we use without any pejorative meaning and for want for another term). I for one am at a loss as to how a renowned group of 5 historians are not able to find a proper term for our freedom fighters. well let me suggest some - "radical extremists", "ultra extremists" and i am sure that if these wont fit one can easily come up with a little more reverent term than "revolutionary terrorism" interestingly in the chapter on freedom of press the authors mention how people from press were forced to write their content in such a way as to not incur the wrath of the administration. it seems to me that this particular term has been used just as the Britishers would use it albeit a bit mildly( by using revolutionary terrorism instead of flatly terrorism) and with an apology (that stands exposed). Penguin is a UK company. this statement seems to me a devise to flatter the publishers (present generation who most probably revere their colonial past) --Asim Dagar

A fantastic book which takes you to the journey of the past. The minute detail of the past has been taken into consideration. highly recommended for UPSC exams. you wont feel as though you are reading for exam sake as it makes you so curious to know more and more. this book makes you so knowledgeable of the past you'll realise when You study it thoroughly and look into the previous question papers of IAS and say "I can answer this". A great book and A great experience!!! --kavya adiga Mar 15, 2012

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This is a study of India's independence movement, from an abortive revolt against the British in 1857 through the times which eventually lead to Indian Independence in 1947 seen from the Indian point of view. The book is based on primary sources, hundreds of interviews with those who took part in the struggle for freedom, and presents new information on the formation of the Indian National Congress and the British response to various uprisings. It also examines the personalities and influence of the leaders of the time and evolves a new and coherent view of the history of the period.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2023 KB
  • Print Length: 601 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140107819
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (14 October 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9T41PU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 368 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What more can be expected from a communist author. People like Bhagat Singh, Master Surya Sen who gave blood and life for the independence of India labelled by the author as terrorists and people like Nehru who did the politics out of freedom struggle are shown as great. This sick minded author wants to re-write the history of India. He may write such crap but today's generation is inquisitive and knows that Indian Freedom Struggle was way more than Gandhi and Nehru. This book is a conspiracy to defame India and its martyrs. Indian Govt and eminent professors have taken strong objection to this attempt of subversion of Indian History.
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Ordered this book from Amazon back in November 2013. The delivery was prompt (2-3 days).
A Good book for understanding the period of 1857 - 1947 with a detailed account by said five authors. Book contains 39 chapters in narrative style by different authors. First chapter starts from the Revolt of 1857.

Although the book is good in general, but in many places it lacks the neutral point of view a scholar expects from such book and biasness of writers is quiet evident in some pages of book.
I found it more left leaning then the center.
Read it with keeping above factor in mind, will serve the purpose better.

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P.S. - Read "Eminent Historians" by Arun Shourie if you are not getting what I am saying.
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Chapter 20 of this book actually calls ours nationalists and revolutionaries as terrorists. This is a false version of our history full of distortions. A book written in Independent India, shows our nationalists as terrorists. High ratings for this book, is just a very dangerous precedent to set for more authors to write such crap and influence young minds and actually turn them intellectual terrorists.
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Content is great but the pages of the book are very cheap and font is very small. It's very difficult to read.Every time I buy a book from Amazon, they send the books with cheap pages.I have stopped buying books from Amazon due to this. A horrible experience!
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The book is voluminous and informative. It almost covers everything related to Indian National Movement. The narration is almost is on the lines of Rankean history to some degree. author though sounds biased towards Indian National Congress in certain aspects but then that possibly isn't a flaw.
at times the author paraphrases the same point multiple times in continuous paragraphs, but then no complaints since it helps you reread and correctly understand the point author is trying to convey to the reader.

In the midway I realized that it is truly a pro-congress or pro-nationalist book. But, then also I proceeded. There are times, when it tries to justify the stand of Congress on critical matters. A reader must read it with this 'bias' in mind of authors because as already been said by others that most of the authors are from JNU and in some way or other are associated with different government institutions.
However, it is a good read in terms of it's style of presenting history. In fact, one can easily find that history is not merely about memorizing the dates, it is more about seeing the undercurrent of thoughts which were determinant in making that date historical.

All in all, a good read but needs patience...
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I'm giving one star bcoz it contains lot of information but as the author calling bhagat sigh and other HSRA leaders and other militants TERRORIST is very disrespectful to those who gave their lives for country's struggle for independence...instead of terrorism he could call them militantsand their way as militancy...
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Dear Team,

Page is not showing continuously , some of the page are missing , when i change the setting of the font to either normal or narrow however it again disappeared if i go back to this page .
Pls tell whether this is problem of Kindle or book version. ia m not able to read all the pages

rakesh
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this is the best book I have ever read. No doubt its best emphasize about freedom struggle matter..
I gave the pcs exam in 29th March 2015 Two freedom struggle questions took by this book..
This book provide you superior knowledge about struggle time...
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