74th out of 148 books — 23 voters
The Indian Mutiny
By 1857, the British East India Company was India's de facto ruler, having won the subcontinent by subterfuge and force of arms. Discontent was rising however, and in the following Spring, entire regiments of Indian troops turned on their British overlords and challenged the global trading powerhouse in open warfare. The brutal struggle that followed would forever break th...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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Spilsbury presents a very thorough retelling of the tragic events of the Indian Mutiny in 1857-58. This is a fact-based account bringing together many eyewitness accounts and, more importantly, the recollections of the participants. Clearly Anglo-centric in its presentation, the history nonetheless presents an even-handed account of the atrocities committed by both sides but thankfully focuses primarily on the heroic acts of regular men and women in a terrifying time. For those interested in the...more
Pretty interesting book. I had heard of the Indian Mutiny, and always thought it was just a couple riots over animal fat soaked rifle cartridges. I never realized England lost control over most of India for almost 3 years. Unfortunately, the author's English bias resulted in alot of the information I would have found most interesting about the whole situation. For example, the cause of the uprising in the first place. Rifle cartridges and the loss of legal advantages in one territory hardly seem...more
Spilsbury – a former army officer turned TV script writer – does a good job presenting a complicated story in an interesting and readable way. This is a decent book. If you want to know about the Indian rebellion of 1857, you could do a lot worse. But unfortunately for Spilsbury you could also do a lot better: the outstanding Great Mutiny, by Christopher Hibbert.