Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Full text of “Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight” India The Fifth Horseman Freedom at Midnight Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in

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However the author does make several incorrect claims. As badly as things turned out, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling the role nearly as well as Mountbatten did. The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to absolve the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition. Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence.

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. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: It is also a disad It is rare for me to read a non fiction. Be it Clement Attlee’s persistence in persuading Mountbatten to take up the most difficult job of becoming The Raj’s last Viceroy; Mountbatten’s own apprehensions, his numerous tete-a-tetes with Jinnah, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel; the division of Punjab by Radcliffe’s pencil on a map, the inevitable horrors on both sides of the new border; the planning and execution of Gandhi’s execution – everything was described in so much detail backed by impeccable research and most importantly, the story telling was top notch.


The book is over pages long and covers only one year – there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as one works through it. The loss of life is epic and extraordinary, and any who read it will quickly realize that members of all religious groups in this case, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus are capable of horrific violence, as well as heroic This is a terribly difficult book to rate.

Except for not allowing his personal plane to transport his Muslim countrymen out of harm’s way while he was dying.

Freedom at Midnight

I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and when. This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at the sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode. The plot of assassinating the Mahatma would make you restless. The authors depict Jinnah as absolutist in his ego-maniacal need to be the father of a new nation, rather than acknowledge the validity of his concerns: It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses.

Gandhi almost single-handedly prevented similar communal violence in Calcutta. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in It shows you what it meant to be imdnight M.

The authors have done plenty of primary research and interviewing with staff and family of other players, but there is no doubt that Mountbatten is front and center in this narrative and that the book occasionally veers towards hagiography.

One gets to know why this is the one deep blemish that has stained the minds of every subsequent generation on the both sides of the border. Even after 60 odd years, the recollection of some of the events is truly sickening, even to those of my generation who have never experienced the anguish the men and women at that lapieere suffered.


Reason – they felt incapable of handling the horrendous situation partition had presented before them. That book contains lapkerre with Mountbatten, and a selection of papers that were in his possession. That said, do people recommend moving on past the slightly uncomfortable first chapter? The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

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I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and some misty misconceptions from my misspent youth. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book. I will provide my reactions 1. It covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps because Mountbatton is one of the main source of this book, he has attained a status of a man who made everything possible without making any mistakes.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins () – Not Even Past

Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. 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 collijs Anyone interested in British Colonialism or India. But, undoubtedly, this one is the best history book I have ever read. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence.

The violence that occurred because of partition from all sides was a pre-cursor frewdom what we in the modern day associate with places like Bosnia and Croatia, on a more giant scale because of the massive population.