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India by Patrick French
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Oct 14, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: india, asian
Read in August, 2011

Words fail me. This is an amazing book, as rich and complex as its subject. It describes the incredible transformation of the world's largest democracy in the years since it achieved independence in 1947. French divides the book thematically into three sections - Nation, Wealth and Society - and crams each section with densely packed historical facts, and personal stories from every region, caste and ethnicity. The fact that India has emerged as a functioning secular democracy and an economic powerhouse in such a short time makes a lot more sense after reading this book.

I would have given 5 stars but really REALLY missed graphic cues - a few maps, a couple of time line charts would have been so helpful.

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Nearly By what stretch of imagination is India a "functioning" secular democracy is beyond me.

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