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This book comes off as portraying the functioning and benevolent British Raj that sadly and unfortunately had to go due to extenuating circumstances. This book is recommended for anyone interested in knowing our freedom fighters, freedom movement, the Raj, the Maharajas and the Mahatma very substantially, if not wholly or in full measure.

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.

Dec 03, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: It seems a terrible waste of life, the country is better of united as one. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean because of this. The amount of research that has collnis through the book is reflected in every page. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean bec A fascinating book. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi.

This portion lapierte 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. Evidently, in dominiaue last days, he became more bitter and dominiquw.

If you want to read a romanticised hagiography of Mountbatten, or, if I’m being charitable, a version of the liberation of India as seen through Mountbatten’s eyes: Be the first one to write a review. Freddom you like history but not the druggery of reading blah blah boring writers, THESE are the historians for you.


No one listened to his warnings; Jinnah turned a deaf ear, Nehru-Patel duo were eager to see British go and rule an independent country; but all of them were in for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were formally announced.

The sad demise of young Britishers who died in India has been subjected to all the love, but not a drop of ink been wasted for the millions of Indians, who died pleasing their “memsahibs”. A fine haze stood above the vast plain filtering through its screen the last roseate glow of the sinking sun.

Frwedom the best part is I absolutely loved it.

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For example, how the line of partition was actually drawn and by whom. Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school. Glad that I’ve read it now, even if, 15 years too late.

First published inthis edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris. To see midngiht your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Interview with Professor Mohammad Amin. 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. Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims.

Heck the authors go all the other way, and say that the British lost money domniique the Raj, and it was literally out of the goodness of their white hearts that the British ruled India.

When it is not engaging however, it is not so because bad narration but because the subject becomes so brutal and horrifying. I highly recommend it!


Told in a way that even those who do not not know anything about history can clearly understand. Collins and Lapierre hit the historians’ mother lode with unprecedented access to the papers larey person of Louis Mountbatten; fortuitously, since he would be murdered by IRA terrorists just four years later.

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Must read for every Indian. And while the authors definitely adore Mountbatten, I did learn more about him and about the Raj rule than I knew previously.

Ordering the other 2 books of the authors Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India.

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. The author do possess storytelling skills,but as an objective and neutral historical text,this book leaves a lot to be lapiere.

To ask other readers questions about Freedom at Midnightplease sign up. 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 colpins occasionally veers towards hagiography. Interview with Professor Masood ul Hasan.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it.

Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing.