Liberty or Death

Liberty or Death

India's Journey to Independence and Division

Book - 2011
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'A fine, lucid book . . . vividly drawn with novel-like touches'
Hanif Kureshi

At midnight on 14 August 1947, Britain's 350-year-old Indian Empire was broken into three pieces. The greatest mass migration in history began, as Muslims fled north and Hindus fled south, and Britain's role as an imperial power came to an end.

Patrick French's vivid and surprising account of the chaotic final years of colonial rule in India has been acclaimed as the definitive book on this subject. Journeying across India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, he brings to life a cast of characters including spies, idealists, freedom fighters and politicians from Churchill to Gandhi. The result is a compelling story of deal-making, missed opportunities, hope and tragedy.

'Extraordinarily able and nuanced . . . a brilliant book on an important subject . . . French is the most impressive Western historian of modern India currently at work'
HERALD

'Beautifully written'
SUNDAY TIMES

'French is a natural storyteller . . . a delightful tale of intrigue, ham-handedness and just plain blundering'
INDIA TODAY

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2011.
ISBN: 9780241950401
0241950406
Characteristics: xxv, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm

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