Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Freedom at Midnight has ratings and reviews. failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. Jul 19, 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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Jinnah,the founder of Pakistan. And although that was a largely ceremonial title, the government’s leaders asked him to secretly take on almost dictatorial powers when the crisis came.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

On the theme of partition, the book relates that the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffewho had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time. Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justice to this beautiful, poignant and soul-stirring historical documentary cum novel in which we glide through the charming yet terrifying history of our own nation during the period ofstupefied, terrorized and wide-eyed in awe and chill, as the author duo take us on a once-in-a-lifetime kind of ride that is bound to change our very perceptions of history, beliefs and ideologies regarding the very country and society that we inhabit.


He went back to Procter and Gamble and became the products manager of the new foods division in The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book. Apr 24, Aishah Macgill rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It depicts the fury of both Hindus and Muslimsmisled by their communal leaders, during the partition, and the midnighy mass slaughter in the history of India as millions of people were uprooted by the partition and tried to migrate by trainoxcart, and on foot to new places designated for their particular religious group.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I had had no conception of the monstrous tragedy of the partition midnighf India from Pakistan. He is the author of several earlier books published in France, some of them based on his knowledge of the United States, where he attended Lafayette College and where his father served with the French diplomatic service. If you watch the movie Gandhi, and read this book, you have pretty much got the history of the time covered and a good understanding of the politics of the time.

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It was enough to put Mountbatten of his tea, but poor little Mountbatten suffered through it all, why one year he met Jinnah twice! The writers list so many interesting details about the characters. India and Pakistan were both hard at work rewriting their own histories and much archival data was impossible to find.

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The Journal of Asian Studies. At one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate all the food that could have used to feed the Indian masses” but ignorantly decides to skip lapierrd tale of the famines caused by the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler.


The horror of partition was so animated in the book, you would flinch with revulsion. The Years That Changed the World, Neutral if not always fair. How incredibly he unites India at the brink of civil war and total collapse where no one else could achieve it. It is full of what in appearance are “typos”, but I assume are errors that come up on converting to the Kindle format.

If you only read this book you won’t know, for the authors were obviously very aware that Mountbatten descendents themselves would be reading this book, and they didn’t want to make them uncomfortable with annoying little questions. This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly happened during those tumultuous times in an unbiased manner through the eyes of the person who was at its epicentre.

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View all 3 comments. He inspired a calming presence during rioting.

Gandhi’s own auto-biography is more revealing, nuanced and provides a better insight into the thoughts many naive or unsavory of India’s great leader. And I was actually pulling for the Muslims to have their dominiique country.

I can’t lqpierre as I live in South Africa. Now, I’m not gonna waste too much space on what my 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.

Please will Amazon edit the book for future downloads. If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one.