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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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Bipan Chandra is a popular Indian historian/writer who specializes in the political and economic history of modern India. He has been involved with the Marxist school. Bipan Chandra is currently Chairman, National Book Trust, and Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been the President of the Indian History Congress, which endowed him with the life-time achievement award in 2008. He was appointed National Research Professor in 2006. Bipan Chandra was born in 1928 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Chandra is the author of several books on nationalism, colonialism, and communalism in modern India.

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  • Reading level: 18+ years
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin India; Reprint edition (9 August 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140107819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140107814
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (520 customer reviews)
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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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This book is really very helpful to know about modern Indian history. It is nice and helps in CSE mains examination. I like reading this book.

But for CSE, spectrum's modern history by Rajiv Ahir is more useful (and enough).
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The paper used is of very low quality. The book is a perfect history book, it smells old, has a yellowish tint on the inner pages. While reading you feel like you have travelled back in time to the british dominated era.
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Thanks Amazon & Seller for providing this in lightning deal at Rs.179/- only.
Its a good book but you can't fully rely on this book if you want more preciseness in your knowledge then consider other books also.
Good to read NCERT books before it starts to read.
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I have just received this book so I cannot comment in the contents. But suffice to say, this book is very good because it is tje most preferred source for top exams like UPSC.
I booked this yesterday under Prime and got it delivered today itself, within 12 hours.
As for the quality of the book, it's pretty exceptional. Printed by Penguin, it feels like a novel in your hand with the same paper quality and the wonderful smell of a fresh book!
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Leftist book. Though I had read it partially during my college days I was of this view but after purchasing it again and reading it fully I have a command on what all had happened in the past struggle for freedom
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Nice book ...paper quality is not very good... Contains a lot of info but also contains irrelevant details too... No need to read the whole book but some topics are quite useful.... Delivery was good....
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Its very nice....but took long tym to complete it...soo lengthy.
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