First published in 1975, this 2009 edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris. It is a poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of 400 million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India . . . illuminated like scenes in a pageant .
The significance of the new edition lies in engaging the minds of two generations born into a free country, to enable them to empathetically understand the aspirations and goals that united our leaders then towards the common cause of freedom. The significance lies in invoking the re-awakening of the Indian spirit. Surely it is time for the over 1 billion people in India to ask themselves honestly what their contribution has been thus far towards realizing an India free from poverty, illiteracy and inequality.
While numerous tomes have been written on the Indian freedom struggle, the popularity of Freedom at Midnight lies in its easy narrative flow which veers from the thrilling to the enlightening, sometimes poignant and ever-compelling style.
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'Thrilling ... staggers the imagination.' - DAILY MAIL
'There is no single passage in I this profoundly researched book that one could actually fault. Having been there most of the time in question, I can vouch for the accuracy of its general mood. It is a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance.' JAMES CAMERON, NEW YORK TIMES The dialogue is convincing, the story is emotionally moving and it contains some of the best descriptions of battle I've read..." - TIME OUT
"I defy a reader to put the book down once Robinson has got him into the air..." Paul Fussell, NEW REPUBLIC 'The song of India ... illuminated in scenes like a pageant.' - TIME
'A heroic tale that has not been told a tenth as, well before ... It will give more non-Indians more knowledge of the vast circumstances surrounding the birth of India than anything previously written. With an instinct for drama and a skill in narration, the authors take the reader from Whitehall to Delhi, to Calcutta, to Lahore, to Pula, to the villages of the Punjab and Bengal; their hold on the reader never falters.' - JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITHAbout the Author:
Dominique Lapierre enjoy worldwide fame as the author of several best-selling books on modern history, including Freedom at Midnight, and Is Paris Burning? Dominique began life as a journalist, working with Paris Match, a magazine that brought out well-researched, in-depth articles. He met Larry Collins, an American journalist, in Paris and in tandem they jointly authored books for over twenty years. A Thousand Suns, a collection of stories written by Dominique Lapierre, bears the stamp of the essence of their writings: the quality of not making judgements but bearing witness to events. A large portion of their acclaim is undoubtedly due to the unprejudiced stance adopted in their works. Having rechristened Kolkata as the City of Joy in his path-breaking book by the same name, Dominique Lapierre, after a meeting with Mother Teresa in 1981, set up the City of Joy Foundation with the royalties from his book s earnings. Providing education for Kolkata s slum children, and funding Udayan, a centre for children from leper colonies, became a mission for the author. Aided by his wife, coincidently also named Dominique, Lapierre s humanitarian projects are widespread in rural Bengal and the Sunderbans. Post Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, he built a clinic in Bhopal. In the past twenty-five years, Lapierre has rescued over ten thousand handicapped and leprosy-suffering children; cured four million TB patients; provided over five hundred tubewells of drinking water to villages, launched four hospital boats in the Ganges delta to take medical supplies to the isolated populations of 34 islands. For his writings and philanthropic work, Lapierre has been decorated with the Legion of Honour of France, the Rainbow Peace award of the UN, the Grand Cross of Social Solidarity of Spain, the Medal of Honour of the Chamber of Depties of Italy, and twice the US Christopher International Award whose motto is: Rather light a candle than curse the darkness .
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Book Description Collins, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002160552
Book Description Collins, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2160552
Book Description Collins, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002160552