"To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."--John Kenneth Galbraith
PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION:
"Wolpert understands India. . .. Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India."--Shashi Tharoor, "Washington Post Book World"
"A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism."--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it."--"Library Journal "
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The content of the book is presented in a lucid and simple way. But lack of facts. Like Ayodhya is a city on the bank of river Saryu while in the book it is mentioned as a city on the bank of river Ghogra.This was found in History Prologue chapter
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Great introduction to India. Easy to read. Could use more detailed information on the various wars and how India came to be united. Read full review