In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 24, 2010 - Social Science
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As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues. Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South Asia bureau chief Edward Luce travels throughout India's many regions, cultures, and religious circles, investigating its fragile balance between tradition and modernity. From meetings with key political figures to fascinating encounters with religious pundits, economic gurus, and village laborers, In Spite of the Gods is a fascinating blend of analysis and reportage that comprehensively depicts the nuances of India's complex situation and its place in the world.

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Well researched and insightful. - Goodreads
Gave me insights into things that I've overlooked. - Goodreads
Very interesting, perceptive introduction to India. - Goodreads
Great overview of the workings of Indian society. - Goodreads
Extremely well researched and nuanced. - Goodreads
Great reading though, and a funny, wry writer to boot. - Goodreads

Review: In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India

User Review  - Nicky McHugh - Goodreads

I read this book while traveling through India (2014) and found it spot on it terms of some of the insights related to culture, economics, and politics. I did however wish there was an updated version ... Read full review

Review: In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India

User Review  - Devangana Khokhar - Goodreads

Oh reading this book was such a treat! Last time I loved someone's work on India so much was Michael Woods for his "History of India" documentary series and now this time it's Edward Luce. The way the ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Edward Luce is the Washington commentator for the Financial Times and was previously the paper's South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi. He worked for two years as a speechwriter for former Treasury Secretary Laurence Summers. He studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford.

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