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This book, along with the book Panipat 1761 in Marathi, are often regarded, justifiably, as the definitive works on the subject. The author spent close to 20 years researching various aspects of the battle. His two books demonstrate a deep understanding of the events leading to the battle, as well as the battle itself, that supercedes the lengthy account by Sarkar in "The Fall of the Mughal Empire" (which was regarded as the best work on this battle before Shejwalkar). That said, there are some points where one feels the author has not displayed a dispassionate view of certain sub-events, or has weighed the scant evidence too heavily in support of a certain point of view. These relatively minor lapses aside, if one had to read a single book that is available today on the subject, it would be this one. The book by the same name in Marathi is not a translation of this one, but a different book. While it contains more material, I found that the material was not as well organized.