Glimpses of World History: Being Further Letters to His Daughter, Written in Prison, and Containing a Rambling Account of History for Young People

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John Day Company, 1942 - Civilization - 993 pages
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"On New Year's Day, 1931, Jawaharlal Nehru began a remarkable series of letters on the history of the world to his daughter, Indira [Ghandi], then thirteen years old. Over the next thirty months, Nehru wrote nearly two hundred letters in this series, which were later published as Glimpses of World History. With its panoramic sweep and its gripping narrative flow, all the more remarkable for being written in prison where Nehru had no recourse to reference books or a library, Glimpses of World History covers the rise and fall of empires and civilizations from Greece and Rome to China and West Asia; great figures such as Ashoka and Genghis Khan, Gandhi and Lenin; wars and revolutions, democracies and dictatorships. An enduring classic, this book is dazzling testimony to the breadth of Nehru's world view, his grasp of the lessons of history, and of the forces and personalities that shape it" - publisher, 2004 reprint.

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Exhaustive and I really liked Nehru's prose. - Goodreads
The writing seems so natural and clear. - Goodreads
... what a magical style of writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Zahid Abdulla - Goodreads

a brilliant book. my first history book that shaped my understanding of history when i was 16 years old. what a magical style of writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharat Bandlur - Goodreads

First of all my salute to Late Mr Jawaharlal Nehru for writing such a mammoth book. Really appreciate him for having such a meticulous knowledge about the world that too with no access to library in the jail. My negative impression about Mr Nehru has vanished after reading this book Read full review

Contents

From Central Prison Naini A Birthday Letter
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A New Years Gift
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The Lesson of History
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