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Book Review: The Honourable Company

The Honourable Company: A History Of The English East India Company, by John Keay This book is an interesting case of an author seeking to be fair and just to a company that has received a great deal of blame. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inglorious Empire

Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India, by Shashi Tharoor There is an audience for this book, but I am not a part of that audience. Although this book is not extremely long, and it is in fact an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Anarchy

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, And The Pillage Of An Empire, by William Dalrymple This book, like a great deal of anti-imperial as well as anti-corporate propaganda, rests on flawed assumptions. The assumption is that corporate villainy … Continue reading

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Book Review: The East India Company

The East India Company: Trade And Conquest From 1600, by Antony Wild The history of the East India Company is one that has been cloaked in a great deal of corruption as well as controversy from its time and to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sketches From Sikh History

Sketches From Sikh HIstory, by Puran Singh This is not a very good book, unfortunately.  It is mercifully short, at less than 150 pages, but it is not a very accomplished effort.  It is easy to see what the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Assamese Demonology

Assamese Demonology, by Benudhar Rajkhowa As someone who has lived in Southeast Asia, I can speak with some personal authority on the survival of beliefs in various folk demons within the peoples of Southeast Asia.  The proliferation of spirit houses … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conquerors

Conquerors:  How Portugal Forged The First Global Empire, by Roger Crowley This book sits in a bit of an uncanny valley when it comes to its material and approach.  In a different age, this book would feel comfortable simply praising … Continue reading

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Book Review: India: An Illustrated History

India:  An Illustrated History, by Prem Kishore & Anuradha Kishore Ganpati Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed by this book.  Any time an entire subcontinent’s history is covered in about 200 pages one can expect that the coverage will be … Continue reading

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Book Review: In Light Of India

In Light Of India, by Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger This is now the third book by the author I have read, and not coincidentally the third that was translated by the same gentleman.  In reading this book about … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Gandhi

I Am Gandhi, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Gandhi’s life was a complicated one, and this book does at least some justice to it.  Unfortunately, this particular book has one of the stronger political edges of the series … Continue reading

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