Book Review: God's Traitors

Throughout the four-day search for him, Gerald hid in an Owen-built priest-hole beneath the chapel fireplace.
A woman awakes in a prison cell. She has been on the run, changing her lodging every few days but the authorities have tracked her down and taken her to the Tower of London. She is placed in solitary confinement and interrogated about the Gunpowder Plot. The woman is Anne Vaux - one of several ardent, extraordinary, brave and at times, utterly exasperating members of the Vaux family. The year is 1606.

God's Traitor is an interesting and gripping account that explores the Catholic predicament in Elizabethan England through the eyes of the aristocratic Vauxes of Harrowden Hall. It presents with a historian's detachments how Catholicism was criminalized in England of Queen Elizabeth I. Ordered by the Pope to resist the Queen and by the Queen to renounce the Pope, the time period in history had to face an agonizing conflict of loyalty. In an age of assassination and Armada, Catholics who chose faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. Written in simple yet engaging narrative style this book presents a tale of raids and escapes, homes and torture chambers, secrets and lies, acts and consequences. This book is highly recommended if you are interested to read about this time period in general and the subject in particular.

Book Information
Author:Jessie Childs
ISBN:9781847921567
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:The Bodley Head
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 450 with cover


Book Review: God's Traitors

A collector's edition. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: The Death & Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

We have seen how in executing the Father of the Nation Nathuram did what, in a sense no Hindu had dared to before him.
The Death & Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi is an explosive and original analysis of the assassination of the 'Father of the Nation'. Who is responsible for the Mahatma's death? Just one determined zealot, the larger ideology that supported him, the Congress-led Government that failed to protect him, or a vast majority of Indians and their descendants who considered Gandhi irrelevant, and endorsed violence instead?

In this meticulous study, the author has presented an account which can be considered more meditative than mere factual presentation of a national tragedy that haunts till today. Linking death of the Father of the Nation to different socio-political events, philosophical interpretation of the tragedy - the author establishes many lines of inquiry and studies in this book. In addition, he explores consequences and impacts of the tragedy that had shaped the time then and afterwards. A brilliant book and a remarkable work of research and analysis.

Book Information
Author:Makarand R. Paranjape
ISBN:9788184006803
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014,2015
Number of Pages:Approx 350 with cover


Book Review: The Death & Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

A collector's edition. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: Empire of the Moghul - Raiders from the North

Each night when, exhausted from long hours in the saddle, they made camp, Babur found it hard to sleep.
The first book in the gripping and brilliant Empire of the Moghul series; chronicling the rise and fall of the Moghul rulers of India, beginning with Babur who swept in from Central Asia to found one of the most powerful dynasties in history.

1494, and the new ruler of Ferghana, twelve year old Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. Babur is determined to equal his great ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests stretched from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wild Volga. But he is dangerously young to inherit a crown and treasonous plots, tribal rivalries, rampaging armies and ruthlessly ambitious enemies will threaten his destiny, his kingdom, even his survival.

In this first book of the Empire of the Moghul series, the author sets the expectation from the series. The story is centered on Babur - the founder of the Moghul dynasty. Solid and fully etched out characters from the pages of history, fascinating and gripping narrative style that keeps the reader glued to the book, brilliant portrayal of setting and action characterizes this book. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is one of the definite picks.

 Book Information
Author:Alex Rutherford
ISBN:9780755356546
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Headline Review
Date of Publication:2009
Number of Pages:Approx 500 with cover


Book Review: Empire of the Moghul - Raiders from the North

Raiders from the North is a page turner. I had received the copy from MySmartPrice. Thank you MySmartPrice for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at  flipkart in case you live in India.
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