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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. I learned so much about Gandhi and the history of India. And he got his homeland.

The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes. India and Pakistan are still political foes, I for one, wish partition never happened.

It is also a disad It is rare for me to read a non fiction. Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of 5 million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north into Pakistan.

While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom he would write several best-sellers over 43 years.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

Except for not allowing his personal plane to transport his Muslim countrymen out of harm’s way while he was dying. 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 feedom guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition.

The book tells the true story on the basis of facts about how we got our freedom. Lord Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully. Among the other central characters are Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the reluctant last viceroy and last vicereine of India. I am sure, after reading this book, you would look at our famous national leaders in a different light than before.


Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: The authors have done plenty of primary research and interviewing with staff and family of other players, but there is no lapieerre that Mountbatten is front and center in this narrative and that the book occasionally veers towards hagiography.

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.

The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma. Trains arrived in Indian stations with compartments full of dead and maimed passengers, blood flowing from compartments.

It seems a terrible waste of life, the country is better of united as one. Inwhile working from his freeddom in the south of France on a book colllns the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage. The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and when.

Must read for every Indian.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history are conveniently left out – such as the fact that the British largely created and fostered the animosities that led to pre- and post- partition violence by promoting Sikhs, Ismailis, and Hindus as imperial agents and severely disenfranchising and terrorizing Muslims – representatives of the waning Mughal empire that the Brits conquered in order to take India- within a climate of extreme disparity.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. 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.


Houses were abandoned on both sides and empty homes were claimed quickly by anyone opportunistic enough. Mahatma Gandhi Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Interview with Professor Masood ul Hasan. The book describes in vibrant treedom and in fiction-like tone few days before from the day the Lord Mountbatten took the office to the funeral day of the father of the Nation.

Recommended to people who love history. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material. Open Preview See a Problem? Dominoque — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school.

This urgency to finish the job as quickly as possible led to decisions that ripped apart the social fabric of the country, echoes of which are still heard frefdom contemporary Indo-Pak relations. Be the first one to write a review. Want to Read saving…. A sane voice amidst the chaos of religious clashes.

For example, how the line of partition was actually drawn and by whom.

I was wrong then, I know now. To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:. And it ends with the assassination of Gand This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better. The book essentially is an argument against partition. The last quarter of the book was a thorough description of Gandhi’s assassination.