Freedom at Midnight () is a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. It describes events around Indian independence and partition in Full text of “Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight” India The Fifth Horseman Freedom at Midnight Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. by Ellen Mcamis. Freedom at Midnight paints a sweeping picture of the tumultuous year of India’s independence from Great Britain in

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This account of the events leading up to partition, and the subsequent creation of a new nation, holds nothing back. He felt any India in which Muslims were a minority would lead to oppression of Muslims, despite the good will of Gandhi and Nehru.

Freedom at Midnight

Lord Mountbatten could be a bit of a bully. The book tells the tales of lavish lives of Maharajas, the behind the scene stories of Kashmir, the gory details of the Partition and its aftermath, the stance of our leaders at different stages, all the conspiracies till the death of the Mahatma.

This is a terribly difficult book to rate. Preview — Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins. And after each visit he had to go recover in the hill stations of Simla because Jinnah was such an unpleasant little man, asking uncomfortable questions. Freedom at Midnight is a non-fiction book told in a casual style, similar to the authors’ previous Is Paris Burning? View all 3 comments. It covers all of and about a month ofending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance.

It speaks of the respect he won in a short time that he was asked to stay on as governor general of India. Ten million people were displaced in the border crossings that followed the creation of India and Pakistan. While serving in the public affairs office of the Allied Headquarters in Paris, fromhe met Dominique Lapierre with whom midnigth would write several best-sellers over 43 years.


I highly recommend it! The way they have covered the whole period of Independence larrry over pages is commendable, considering the fact that they have covered almost all the important events.

Sep 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Dec 31, epistemology rated it it was amazing. So, I finally successfully moved out of my reading ‘comfort zone’ and actually finished a non fiction book despite finishing 4 other fiction novels since I started this. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence.

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Jan 14, John rated it it was amazing. Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me. I took this one from the library, but after reading it I ordered lapierr copy for myself.

Because of these limitations this book is a place to start, not the place to stop lrry any serious study of South Asia, but reviewers who have suggested that the authors are apologists for the British are dead wrong.

This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at the sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode. He also makes references to the ‘Aryan Invasion Theory’ which has colline proven incorrect more than once. Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins () – Not Even Past

As an introduction to the topic it is hard to dominiqus, but readers need to be aware of several limitations: As the authors put it, “She could preside over a formal banquet in a diamond tiara one night and minister with skill and compassion to cholera victims in a fetid slum the next morning.

Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India. Unlike the other history books which states just facts this book shows the social condition too, in its own way. It’s almost a biblical story, and no wonder so many people still think fondly of empire, they probably read books like this one.


This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly happened lapirre those tumultuous times in an unbiased freeedom through the eyes of the person who was at its epicentre.

The author do possess storytelling skills,but as an objective and neutral historical text,this feeedom leaves a lot to be desired. Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks rfeedom. The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” is the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book. Click to purchase from Flipkart. Thus, the book has brought forward the stark reality behind India’s Freedom from the colonial rule.

The British, after ruling India in a paternalistic manner were impatient to leave and Mountbatten decided to make the partition occur in a single day in a rush to go home.

Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins (1975)

Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing. Apr 18, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: Since the authors are neither from India, Pakistan or Britain their view point has been factual and neutral all along on the basis of their 3 years of research in India and Pakistan. I didn’t larrry that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.