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India Paperback – August 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0520260320 ISBN-10: 0520260325 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Fourth Edition edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Wolpert is a masterful storyteller. . . . The work reflects [his] wisdom and global vision.”
(Pamela Lothspeich Journal Of Contemporary Asia 2011-06-10)

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“To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."—John Kenneth Galbraith

“Wolpert understands India. . . . . Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India.”—Washington Post Book World

“A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it.”—Library Journal

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pawel Stefanski on February 23, 2011
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A very good, comprehensive yet short (less than 240 pages) and readable overview to all the major topics: geography, history, philosophy and religion, society, arts and sciences, and policy. Worth reading to get started on this immense and diverse country.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The OC on November 4, 2012
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I read several books on China before taking a tour there in 2012. I hope to go to India in the future and wanted to do similar preparatory reading on that country. I found looking for books on China was easier than finding what I wanted on India. My first need was an overall picture of its history and society. This book does a good job in meeting that need. It is written clearly. That's a good thing because I do find India to be more complex and harder to understand in both its history and evolving modern society. The history is bound up in Hinduism with its many gods and myths. (Religions that came to the "one God" conclusion certainly simplified things for themselves regardless of what other faults or strengths they may have). The caste system, while fading under modern education and politics, still has a grip on much of the population. There is a very large Muslim population and many ethnic groups. Like China, an increasingly large middle class is still surrounded by great poverty. And there is substantial corruption in both governments. I have a lot more to learn but this was a good starting place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John L. on June 16, 2013
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Writing style is so awkward it gets in the way of otherwise interesting material. What should have been relatively light reading for a history book is weighed down by the absence of effective editing.
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