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Glimpses of World History Paperback – March 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0143031055 ISBN-10: 0143031058

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  • 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 (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book conveys the breadth and depth of Nehru's understanding of World History.
Arjun Balakrishnan
Late prime minister of Turkey, Bulient Ecevit famously remarked that if he were exiled in a remote island and was allowed to take only one book this would be it.
Laxmi N. Gupta
I read this book a decade ago and can never forget the greatness of this book that now I am ordering another copy.
The Agile Minds

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By kate on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Without question one of my all time favorite books. Nehru wrote the book while in prison with the idea that it is what he would have imparted to his daughter Indira (Ghandi)were he at home with her. Despite some very minor factual errors (precise dates, etc.), the fact that the book was written under prison conditions, without any available reference material available to him, speaks to Nehru's incredible mind and grasp of history, as well as to the depth of his love for his young daughter. I find it to be one of the most remarkable works ever written and have given it as a gift more times than I can count. How many current world "leaders" do you think could produce something even close?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anand Nair on January 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Nehru was in prison when he wrote these series of letters. His vision of history and of contemporary events had a sweep and genuineness that had nothing to do with pleasing powerful allies, or with wooing of voters. Nehru's views on secularism and Palestine -so passionately expressed in the early thirties- give lie to the Hindutva propaganda that these are "pseudo" positions cunningly devised with Muslim "vote bank" in mind.
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Agile Minds on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a decade ago and can never forget the greatness of this book that now I am ordering another copy.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By unmesh shukla on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 reference.Yet he has done a brilliant job.His prose is effortlessly flowing.The contents are carefully and objectively chosen.However, the book reflects his bias and preferences when he deals with contemporary history.His admiration for soviet union and their economic model inspires even history writing.While fully understanding his anti-imperialistic stand,i am inclined to say that later part of the book needs to be read with caution as he, perhaps unconsciously,allows the politician within him to dilute the objectivity needed, or expected of a historian.Having said that,still i recommend this book to every youngster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kate on December 11, 2006
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Without question one of my all time favorite books. Nehru wrote the book while in prison with the idea that it is what he would have imparted to his daughter Indira (Ghandi)were he at home with her. Despite some very minor factual errors (precise dates, etc.), the fact that the book was written under prison conditions, without any available reference material available to him, speaks to Nehru's incredible mind and grasp of history, as well as to the depth of his love for his young daughter. I find it to be one of the most remarkable works ever written and have given it as a gift more times than I can count. How many current world "leaders" do you think could produce something even close?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rama Dey-Rao on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the most readable histories ever written. To even think that it was done without notes is just wonderous. The grasp and width of knowledge and vision is palpable in every page.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Singer on November 28, 2013
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I was awe-struck by Nehru's intelligence and range of knowledge. If you love history, you will find this book compelling.
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