Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 8, 2011 - History - 496 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Deepankar Rawat - Goodreads

A new insight to the last few months of India's Independence. Challenges faced by British officials, Indian Nationalists and most importantly the common people... Read full review

Review: Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division

User Review  - Katrin - Goodreads

At first a little boring, it gathers momentum, as did the events leading up to 1947, the year of Indian independence and partition. It's very captivating to read about the details of political ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Patrick French is a writer and historian, born in England in 1966. He is the author of Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division , which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land and, most recently, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.

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