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Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood is a book written by journalist Anthony Mascarenhas. The book chronicles the bloody coups and uprisings in the post-independence Bangladesh. The book focuses on the two towering figures of Bangladeshi politics, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman. They are popularly credited as two key architects of modern Bangladesh and the rule of each wa ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1986 by Hodder and Stoughton
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Aantaki Raisa
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! As if I knew nothing of the history of my country! Well, though our leaders have failed to understand what needs to be done in Bangladesh, Anthony Mascarenhas- A Pakistani journalist, seems to have got it perfectly, as he ends this book stating "Machination and murder have been the curse of Bangladesh-its legacy of blood. It will not end until public accountability and the sequence of crime and punishment is firmly established".
This book is not just an enlightenment to the post-independence
Naser  Hossain
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Nobody understands what I do for my country", an apparently original quote by the guy who was called "The ONE friend of Bangladesh", the undisputed leader of the Bangladeshis after the country became independent in 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, sort of sums up the mood of the whole book. True or not, the events that are delineated in a Kafkaesque detail by Mr Mascarenhas paints a graphic and sordid tale about a country that could've been the mantelpiece of democracy, independence, economic and p ...more
Iftekhar Alam Himel
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must read for all Bangladeshi!

If you want to know the truth & the 100% objective truth about pre & post liberation Bangladeshi history, this is THE book. I belong to a generation who had not been exposed to the underlying politics & brutality related to war and the post-war turmoil that has shaped the country. We often get a politically biased view of history; both from people & publications who are often ideologically prejudiced & lack authentic information. This is the book that sums up all
Saima Musharrat
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
We have been taught and made proud from our childhood about the liberation war that took place in our country. But for some strange reason, a brisk halt has been made in almost every textbook at the day when Bangladesh got liberated from Pakistani oppression, 16th December 1971 to be precise, and after that very day, everything else seemed to go blank. What went wrong with the country which had paid the highest price in the history of the world in exchange to its freedom, how did an incorrigible ...more
Mansoor Azam
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a must read for anyone interested in the history of Bangladesh post independence.

The author is a reputed hand on the subject and has first hand knowledge being acquaintance with many a players.

This is a tale of how dreams of a new nation went sour because of the very men it considered messiah. It is a tale of bloodshed after bloodshed & coup after coup. It is a tale of how lust for power destroys everything millions have sacrificed and worked for.

Eye opening narration told in a grippi
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While Anthony Mascarenhas's Legacy of Blood is a standard read highlighting the atrocities committed by Pakistan's military against Bangladesh, if only Mascarenhas had lived to see today (foreign affairs and politics in the region) to provide his thought-leadership on Pakistan's continued denial and cover-up re history and the nation's downward spiral in terms of economic development and political leadership; and his nuanced and balanced understanding of Bangladesh's political outlook would have ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping. That's the only word required to describe this book. Anthony Mascarenhas delivers a fantasy-world narrative based on text book history.

In the span of a decade, Bangladesh has seen independence, a coup, a countercoup, a counter counter coup and a dozen other coup attempts. This is the story of the people behind these events, and the circumstances which allowed them to succeed or fail. It tells the story of power-hungry syncophants, under-talented patriots and cold-blooded murderers. A
Nakib Hoq
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
An amazing, scintillating, terrific and thrilling historical ride. I have no words for this historical book. Not only does it constitute the bloody history of the nation after its birth and the political turbulence during the first 15 years, but also tells the reader of the diaspora and the sufferings of the general public from corrupt and inept politicians, inefficient systems and fruitless policies designed for malpractice and the attempted formation of an authoritarian regime.
Shahriar Mredul
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent history. I think every bengali should read it with top priority also the foreigners to know the background story of politics. Somehow the rise and the fall of two major political party of bangladesh started from the beginning. All the leaders was careless enough of their lordship. The book is not widely available in The Bangladesh. But, i think this book will help the political Youngsters of BD to choose their right path in the political career.
Bro Khan
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was non partially written by the perspective of the writer's point of view. Main features are three majors coup in Bangladesh. Which was full of conspiracy for the power and that lead to the most heinous murders and politics in the history of Bangladesh. The history of Bangladesh after the liberation war was not prideful. Politics were tools for criminals. The corruption was the real picture of that society. Morality was an invalid word at that time. For power, anything can be done. Even the ...more
Yamin Chowdhury
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A small but interesting part that stood out to me is the role of communists that aren't any good at anything, even their own mission, but cause a lot of deaths and havoc anyways by drumming up an oppressor-victim propaganda for the people they intend to use as their personal tools. So the soldiers can rise up against their "masters" and do the killing on behalf of the communists because they were too cowardly and ineffective to do it themselves. But of course, they have an excuse! They would cla ...more
Syed Mohammad Rezwan
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read different versions of history of 1975 to 1981,but this non-fiction by Anthony Mascarenhas seems much more legit. Even though the period was dark but Nov'75 has always been my favorite area in history of Bangladesh. Coup, re-coup; that was certainly a period of turmoil. I may sound a little heartless but this book is a 'real-life thriller'. This is a perfect example of 'truth is stranger than fiction'. No thriller writer in the whole world can plot this out what our military personnel did. ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truth is far gripping, stranger, and horrifying than fiction. Such brilliant writing, holding breath-stopping suspense till the end. The book focuses on the wrongs as the author himself asserted. But it paints more than that. Anybody who is trying to understand the history of Bangladesh, our hideous, shameless and parasitic politics, corruption cycles, and why we are still in the state we are now, should give this book a definite read.
No political leader should be deified. None at all.
Power no
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a historically insightful book with some particularly fascinating anecdotes. It talks in great detail about the background of the key men involved in bringing about the violent coups and counter-coups in that tumultuous period after independence, and their misplaced nationalism and avarice for power. However, the work seems to be quite opinionated at times, and this somewhat discredits an ostensibly neutral view on the incidents in other areas of the book. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Tousif Jamal
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A vivid depiction of the first decade of politics in independent Bangladesh. It humanizes the characters of Mujib and Zia in an impartial way as opposed to the portrayal of these two leaders as mythical God like beings in contemporary media. A great read for those who take an interest in historic events.
Nazrul Islam
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read book for every bengali people.How power and lust divert patriot leader's to killer . it's pathetic for us, we can not see our patriot leader in one row rather fighting each other. They all fought for motherland but when it comes to power all went wrong.
This book describe about the anarchic position of bangladesh from 1972-1980 .
Asif Huque
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Must read for every bangladeshi to understand the post 71 bangladeshi politics.
Turjo Arif jahangir
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for every Bangladeshi.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i can not say enough about this book. this book should b on everyone's list of must read books... ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: it-is-read
The book is good. It is very need.
Ashik Uzzaman
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finished it today. Came to know lots of things I didn't know earlier, although I have heard some criticism also about the author and his accuracy or motif for this book. ...more
Asif Shahriyar
A neutral autopsy of assassination of two great Bangladeshi leaders. You won't the blurred by exaggregated propaganda. ...more
Anish Sharma
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gripping book........... Fascinating first fifteen years of Bangladesh. Written in an absolutely perfect way.
Deepto Chakraborty
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the bengali translation of this book
Md Al-Imran Abir
For Bangladeshis born in the 80s and later, this book is a must-read. We are not taught the post-independence history of Bangladesh in school. This book will provide a different point of view about the important figures of Bangladesh. We barely have a neutral knowledge about Sheikh Mujib, Zia, and others. This book changed many of my ideas about those leaders and the country then. In fact, many information shocked me. There was a huge difference between what I knew and what the reality was.

Tahmid  Uddin  Uzayer
A good book to know about nearly all the major political turmoil of independent Bangladesh in her first decade
However, this book is influenced by Ershad reason even after Ersahd seize the power that too before the publication of this book, the writer still went on to praise Ersahd. Reason he had tried to portrayed the officers who had returned from Pakistan as saints while the Freedom Fighter officers as the trouble maker but actually the case was vice versa
Ersahd himself is a great example of i
Ragib Shahariyar
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A dramatic way to descript a history. Based on truth but mixed up of little fantasy.
Roshan Zafir
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are from Bangladesh, you must read this book. I mean it, MUST! If you want to know the post-war consequences, there's nothing better than this! I have read it more than a dozen times... ...more
Mohammad Tufael Chowdhury
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
An emotional read for me, given how involved members of my family were as victims or targets of the genocide. Very well written, and important chronicling of a less well remembered massacre of post WW2 world history.
Rizal Kabir
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
No doubt, it's a very informative book. Most of the write-ups seemed to be very detailed and thorough, so it was clear that the journalist did his home-work and research. But I was often having quite a 'Judgmental' vibe too!!

Bangladesh: A legacy of Blood might be used as a good reference book I reckon. Some of the statements were pretty bold I must say. I should also add that, there were some major ideologies behind the revolutions and coups - addressing them would definitely help to understand
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Neville Anthony Mascarenhas (10 July 1928 – 3 December 1986) was a Pakistani journalist and author. His works include exposés on the brutality of Pakistan's military during the 1971 independence movement of Bangladesh, The Rape of Bangladesh (1972) and Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood (1986).

Mascarenhas was born into a Goan Catholic family in Belgaum, and educated in Karachi.He and his wife Yvonne Ma

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