The Story of India, Paperback Book
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In "The Story of India", Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent.

Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, India gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy.

Now, as India bids to become a global economic giant, Michael sets out on an epic journey across this vibrant country to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past. "The Story of India" is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India - past, present and future.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9781846074608

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This book was published as a spin-off from the BBC documentary series of the same name. The book covers the period from the very first cities in the world - one of which was in the Indus valley, through to more modern times. With such a time span, the coverage is selective, but excellent vignettes are chosen to provide illustrative examples from the history of India. Sadly, the book is essentially a written version of the TV series and what works well on screen does not necessarily transfer directly to print. But the content had such good potential that I responded by getting the DVDs of the TV series. Problem solved. Read April 2011.