- Paperback: 1155 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (March 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143031058
- ISBN-13: 978-0143031055
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 2.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Today, it is fashionable to hold that a nation's foreign policy is to be decided based on "self-interest" rather than on lofty principles and the like. As if there is a great contradiction between self-interest and principles. Indeed when principles are given the go by, and the game is played exclusively with an eye on each player's self-interest; it is obvious that the only interest that would be served is that of the most powerful among the players. It is definitely not in the self-interest of the poorer and weaker nations of the world to abandon principles. But this paradox is quite lost on the petty minds that fashion our foreign and trade policies, 50 years after independence.
On Palestine this is what he wrote on May 29, 1933, "The people inhabiting it are predominantly Muslim Arabs, and they demand freedom and unity with their fellow Arabs of Syria. But British policy has created a special minority problem here- that of the Jews- and the Jews side with the British and oppose the freedom of Palestine, as they fear that this would mean Arab rule".
About the Jews, spread and persecuted in Europe and other parts of the world, Nehru wrote, "And yet these amazing people not only survived all this, but managed to keep their racial and cultural characteristics, and prospered and produced a host of great men.Read more ›
I cannot agree less with the New York Times review: `It is one of the most remarkable books ever written...Nehru makes even H.G.Wells seem singularly insular...One is awed by the breadth of Nehru's culture'
The information is so rich (the history of empires from Greece, Rome and China to name a few), the style is flawless and the English language was written in a most beautiful way that you will forget Nehru was not born next to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.
I look forward to reading it again and again.
Ironically written to his daughter who did not share either his breadth of knowledge or his leadership skills. Some are born great and others have greatness thrust upon them willy-nilly. To think that his family has taken Indian politics to its present nepotism -laden state is sad.
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How interesting to read that the Muslims in India and elsewhere in the 14th, 15th century were very tolerant most times, depending on the regime.Published 6 months ago by L. Allen
If you are into History, this is a must have book. Written while in British prison, he must have been an amazing person.Published 8 months ago by norman
Such a remarkable book from such a remarkable man indeed. Can't find words for praise. There is no doubt about it. He was largely secular too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thinker Writer
I was awe-struck by Nehru's intelligence and range of knowledge. If you love history, you will find this book compelling.Published on November 28, 2013 by Singer
The influence of Gibbon's is there but the interpretation and expression are Nehru's own, which can be deduced from reading Nehru's other books. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Arjun Balakrishnan
I read the book,Glimpses Of World History by Jawaherlal Nehru, when i was sixteen years old ,in Arabic language,i did not comprehend much by then due to the fact that the structure... Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Azzam Masri
Nehru's letters to his daughter offer an amazingly organised and colourful ramble of world history and its leading characters, interspersed with familial anecdotes and personal... Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by NR
I read this book when I was in college over 45 years ago. My knowledge of world history comes largely from this book. The scope of the work both in time and space is stupendous. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Laxmi N. Gupta
I read this book when i was a student.I was amazed to find that Nehru wrote it largely while he was in prison,with restrictions on access to historic materials and other works of... Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by unmesh shukla