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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr (April 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231074433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231074438
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,837,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leonard A. Gordon is a senior research scholar at the Southern Asian Institute at Columbia University. He is the author of Bengal: The Nationalist Movement (1876­1940) and, with Barbara Stoler Miller, A Syllabus of Indian Civilization (Columbia).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a brave attempt by a western biographer to gauge the life and times of two of the foremost leaders of Bengal. Usually most western biographers tend to 'build' up Subhas Chandra Bose and then in the end 'condemn' him for 'rising' against the British. This author is different. Mr Gordon does, to a certain extent, take a neutral viewpoint when trying to map out the political battles of Subhas and Sarat Bose. To be sure, it is a difficult task, trying to understand their motives and intentions through the 1920s, 1930s, and finally 1940s for Bengal and India. Subhas Chandra Bose naturally takes centre stage as the struggle against British occupation starts to reach new heights during the axis effort against the English. Mr Gordon mentions a reporter's comparison of Subhas Chandra Bose with the Republic of Ireland's leader De Valera, calling Subhas Chandra Bose "the Eaemon de Valera" of India. Although then the question is who was the Indian Subcontinent's "Michael Collins"? We actually come back to Subhas Chandra Bose, because no one else in the whole subcontinent at that time even comtemplated physical force as the only way of removing British despotism in the Subcontinent other than 'Netaji."
Subhas Chandra Bose's journeys abroad are described in some detail. Especially the summit meetings with axis leaders in their bid to hammer out a common goal and objective. Mr Gordon begins one chapter with the question Axis collaborator? This is too harsh, Subhas Chandra Bose represented the Subcontinent, a people fighting for their independence against British tyranny. To call this freedom fighter an axis collaborator or even ask such a question would be calling for example, Charles de Gaulle a 'collaborator', if collaborator is used in the negative sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Leonard A. Gordon has presented to the Western world a dramatic reexamination of the lives and struggles of two brothers who made a significant impact in the independence movement of their country, India. Gordon masterfully shows how brotherly love can be an unbreakable bond in the face of adversity and overwheming challenges.
This book is really two biographies in one. Sarat and Subhas Bose were brothers who shared a common desire to rid their nation British rule. While the former chose nonviolent struggle and joined Mahatma Gandhi in his campaign of passive resistance, the latter decided that armed struggle could be employed with the assistance of England's two main adversaries during World War 2, Germany and Japan, in driving out foreign occupation.
I would highly recommend this book to people interested in learning about the history of modern
India. It is an objective presentation of the lives of two brothers who made a significant contribution to India's freedom struggle, but have not until recently been given their proper recognition.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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Before I read this book I had great expectations for it. Looking through its list of people interviewed I expected a good read. It was a good read, though I think the author has overlooked few complex issues, though given the complexities the Indian Subcontinent historians face it is not suprising that a foreign author would face even more questions. Yet his(author) conclusion I find sad, he say that he believe S.C.Bose was 'short sighted ' in supporting British Enemies, but is it really short sight, when the Polish under Germany occupation they supported the British at war with Germans, nobody call them(The Polish) shortsighted, yet S.C.Bose is shortsighted when India under British occupation and he support Germany at war with Britain.One must see the irony, both Poland and India fight for their freedom, they must support the "enemies of their enemies", and if it is alright for one country to support the enemies of its enemies then it is alright for another country(India) to do same. IF not, then I don't know what it is. Apart from this it was okay book.
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