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In Spite Of The Gods
Edward Luce

Classification : History
Pub Date : Aug 24, 2006
Imprint : Little Brown
Page Extent : 400
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780316729819
Price : 1,499

About the book
India is poised to become one of the world's three largest economies in the next generation and to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2032. Well before then India's incipient nuclear deterrent will have acquired intercontinental range and air, sea and land capabilities. India's volatile relationship with its nuclear-armed neighbour, Pakistan, may prove to be the source of the world's next major conflict. And if you call anyone- from your bank to rail enquiries- your query may well be dealt with by a graduate in Gujarat. Any way one looks at it, India's fate matters. Edward Luce, one of the most incisive and talented journalists of his generation, assesses the forces that are forging the new nation. Cutting through the miasma that still clouds thinking about India, this extraordinarily accomplished book takes the measure of a society that is struggling to come to grips with modernity. Drawing on historical research, existing literature and his own unparalleled access as the New Delhi-based, South Asia correspondent of the FT, this is a book that will enthral as well as educate and will remain the definitive book on the country for many years
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** 'Perceptive and witty' SUNDAY TRIBUNE>
Sunday Times (21/7/07)>
[Luce] brings a keen analytical brain, fluent journalistic style and subtle personal engagement to the Herculean task of producing an overview of modern India. The results are outstanding
Irish Times>
Luce puts forward a thorough, enjoyable and credible thesis . . . Essential reading for an understanding of modern India
London Paper (17/7/07)>
Luce is well qualified to write on modern India. He is clearly a huge fan and an exceptionally well-informed commentator . . . It retains a lightness of touch throughout - making it something the more well-onformed reader and the novice can enjoy equally
Guardian (14/7/07)>
[Luce's] distinctive combination of intimacy, objectivity and humorous optimism delivers a thoroughly engaging insight into the subcontinent's remarkable growth
New Statesman>
An excellent guide to India in all its contemporary diversity . . . Observant and perceptive as well as good-tempered
The Economist>
Luce presents a compelling case... He has written a perceptive, witty and readable book that will for some time be the definitive generalist's account of the country's recent political, economic and social development, and of its future prospects
Irish Examiner>
This socio-historical overview of India is immediately readable and consistently beguiling... [Luce] is able to include many astounding interviews and enjoyable personal anecdotes... In Spite of the Gods is an unalloyed treat, rich in information, stimulation and humour. Believe the blurb
Observer>
Thoughtful and thorough... The research here is formidable
Scotsman>
A brilliant, bracingly uncondescending introduction to the new India in its many-layered modernity, written with perceptiveness, humour and respect
Daily Telegraph>
Engrossing... Instead of standing loftily above the action, Luce gets in among the people to reveal the results of economic policy at street level... A wonderfully engaging portrait of India
Metro>
Luce delivers genuine insight and revealing observations among the exhaustive facts, interviews and history
Sunday Times>
In Spite of the Gods is some way ahead of the game. Luce is a highly perceptive and intelligent writer and, unusually, he understands how India works.
     
Edward Luce
Edward Luce is a graduate of Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He has worked for the Financial Times since 1995 with a one-year break to work in Washington, DC as the speechwrit...(+)
Books by Edward Luce
In Spite Of The Gods (PB)
In Spite Of The Gods (Updated) (PB)
The Retreat of Western Liberalism (PB)
Time To Start Thinking (PB)
Time to Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline (HB)