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In the first six weeks of independence, half as many people died violent deaths in India and Pakistan as the number of all the Americans who died in all of World War II.

The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed. Collins and Lapierre hit the historians’ mother lode with unprecedented access to the papers and person of Louis Mountbatten; fortuitously, since he would be murdered by IRA terrorists just four years later.

Highly recommended to read if yo Not a fan of Non Fiction books, but this non fiction totally held my attention from beginning till the end. Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than themselves. A book written only to make you like the British Raj, making Mountbatten the hero of all this, being equally praised by the British and Indians.

This is a wonderfully researched and written work. History is a story – and the problem with this book is not that it’s a story – the problem is that it’s a glib view which completely omits and washes British hands of what they did during their occupation and departure from India. InCollins authored Fall From Grace without Lapierre about a woman agent sent into occupied France who realizes she may be betrayed by her British masters if necessary.

Disillusioned with commerce, he took to journalism and joined the Paris bureau of United Press International inand became the news editor in Rome in the following year, and later the MidEast bureau chief in Beirut.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)

He seemed the only major voice calling for the British to leave and was saddened about the slaughter he predicted partition would bring. There is a description of the British summertime capital Shimla in the Himalayas fdeedom how supplies were carried up steep mountains by porters each year. There are no reviews yet. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. See all reviews. Unfortunately, with neutrality comes the perspective of someone outside looking in, which is also what happens in this book.


The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”. Evidently, in his last days, he became more lapierrw and selfish.

The Secret History of the End of an Empire. The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition. However, the Kindle e-book has many typo errors. Oct 30, Moomtaza rated it it was ok. Millions of people died when Hindus marched from the north and Muslims marched to the north.

Well, be rest assured that this book will end up ripping out each of those notions and burning them to cinders. They will unlikely be as informative or as interesting to read.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is unlike any historic account of events.

At least for a non-expert I can’t imagine how it could disappoint as a book, however distressing and, alas also, timely its subject matter may be. The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and back in Lspierre, which gives an impression that the book is true to the events and emotions of the era.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

There is in some sense, a simplification of their actions and intent. Jinnah does come off rather badly, but again, access to archival material was somewhat limited when the dreedom were penning this account, Jinnah himself was dead inand his personality meant that most of his thoughts were carried to the grave. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Here’s an especially evocative excerpt, from Pagewith Jawarharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi traveling together as independence neared and they felt the weight of all India on their shoulders: This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan.

When reading about these little things, one begins to understand more about the partition than what is generally understood. The last quarter of the book was a thorough description of Gandhi’s assassination. Although most may know that the partition caused obscene and bloody massacres between Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs, the ferocity is beyond imagination.


The narrative style of the book immerses readers in midnigh visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time.

He became the Paris bureau chief inwhere he would work untiluntil he switched to writing books.

However the author does make several incorrect claims. The significance lies in invoking the re-awakening of the Indian spirit. View all 5 comments. I read this book a decade or so ago, but it has been coming back to my mind recently — apparently simply because it made such an impact and I now have a medium Amazon in which to express my appreciation of it. It’s a well written, easy reading book so I can see why it’s so popular, and if it was labelled fictional, I’d give it four stars, for fictional it is, speaking of a world where the British Raj and it’s leaders brought civilization to the masses, but the masses turned the wise Brits away even though they were led by that holiest of holy cows, Lord Mountbatten – and this turning away caused mass bloodshed in the process.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Read more Read less. So, I finally successfully moved out of my reading ‘comfort zone’ and actually finished a non fiction book despite finishing 4 other fiction novels since I started this. The thought that I knew the horrors of partition.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Perhaps this is also the reason why they scarcely mention B. Prime Minister Clement Atlee prevailed upon Mountbatten to superintend the end of Great Britain’s reign in India, and Mountbatten’s cousin the king added his support. Because of these limitations this book is a place larty start, not the place to stop in any serious study of South Asia, but reviewers who have suggested that the authors are fredom for the British are dead wrong.

Gandhi This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan.