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His Majesty′s Opponent – Subhas Chandra Bose and India′s Struggle against Empire Paperback – 2 Nov 2012

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[A] lucid and meticulous new biography. -- Sudip Bose Bookforum 20110601 Those wishing to learn about the life and times of Netaji will finish the book with their curiosity deeply satisfied. -- Ramesh Thakur The Australian 20110601 Here is a biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful men in 20th century India, Subhas Chandra Bose, written with energy and without sacrificing the historical details...In parts the book reads like a thriller, especially when dealing with Netaji's daring escapes from British clutches. There is a spirited account of a secret submarine escape, and riveting material on Netaji's complex political strategies. But above everything else, the book offers an intimate portrait of Netaji not only as a revolutionary leader but also a loving husband, a man of letters, and an untiring believer in communal amity. -- Arthur J. Pais Rediff.com 20110531 [Bose] presents an admirably restrained account of this flawed patriot. Making good use of the family archives, he reaches out to the widest possible audience with a compelling narrative that sacrifices none of its author's academic credentials. -- John Keay Literary Review 20110601 Bose, grand nephew of Subhas Chandra, known as Netaji (respected leader), has written an enthralling account of Netaji's life, detailing his lifelong struggle against British rule (he was imprisoned without a trial at a young age), exile in Europe, and political successes...This biography of a nationalist leader of the same stature as Mohandas Gandhi should be read...by all who seek a complete picture of India's freedom struggle. -- Ravi Shenoy Library Journal 20110615 [A] magisterial biography...[Bose] does a splendid job...Bose etches a vivid portrait of Netaji as a protean nationalist of fierce integrity and conviction...[He] displays considerable acuity in examining the icon's complex love-hate relationship with Gandhi. -- Soutik Biswas livemint.com 20110624 [This] new biography of Indian nationalist hero Subhas Chandra Bose could help resuscitate the leader's troubled reputation outside of India...His Majesty's Opponent aims to be the definitive biography of a man who, as the author writes, devoted "his life to ensuring the sun did finally set on the British Empire." ...Bose's life is an action-packed thriller tailor-made for biographical treatment. -- Tom Wright Wall Street Journal blog 20110711 This competent biography by Bose's great-nephew, a historian, is the best work to date to clarify some of his paradoxes. With unpublished material from family archives and public records, Sugata Bose supplies a fuller back-story of Netaji's predicaments. The book has illuminated my understanding of a controversial and charismatic Indian militarist who remains inspirational to many in India, despite his questionable status in the global politics of the period. -- Krishna Dutty The Independent 20110722 This book is very fascinating--not just for those who love history and politics, but for anyone who loves to read an illustrious story about a famous person. -- Visi Tilak Indian American 20110501 Sugata Bose's book has filled a long-standing gap for an authentic biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. -- Chhanda Chatterjee The Statesman 20110814 [Bose's] impeccable scholarship is in full view, as indeed is his awed regard for his grand-uncle. The result is a fine biography of a man who is still regarded with some ambivalence in India, not the least because so little is known about him. This book ought to fill that gap. -- T. C. A. Srinivasa-Raghavan Business Line 20110617 It is not easy to be objective about a national icon like Subhas Bose, especially when he happens to be the grand-uncle of the biographer. But Sugata Bose has achieved that critical distance...This biography reveals a lot more about Subhas Bose's intimate life than did the stuffy portrayals in some earlier accounts. -- Sabyasachi Bhattacharya Biblio 20110701 [A] fine, nuanced book...His Majesty's Opponent is a template biography. It is arrestingly written, provides personal details the author is obviously privy to--being the son of Netaji's favorite nephew, Sisir. It is sympathetic but dispassionate and evokes in the reader just the right mix of emotion and regret that Bose's brilliant but truncated life deserves. -- Ashok Malik Hindustan Times 20110805 What, I believe, is and will remain the definitive biography of Subhas Bose...In terms of sheer craftsmanship and mastery over material, this is an achievement that will evoke the admiration and envy of any historian-biographer. -- Rudrangshu Mukherjee The Telegraph 20110729 Sugata Bose (Subhas's great-nephew) has produced a full-scale biography of this interesting figure, filling in details on his ideas, the quarrel with Gandhi that pushed him out of mainstream Indian politics, and his quest for German support. -- R. A. Callahan Choice 20120101 His Majesty's Opponent offers a multifaceted portrait of Subhas Chandra Bose. It presents a captivating account of the life of an intellectual and a cosmopolitan, a revolutionary and a misled nationalist. -- David Motadel Times Literary Supplement 20120224

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Sugata Bose is Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Gld edition (2 November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674065964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674065963
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 22.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,63,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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