• There is no disappointment here. Sunil Amrith consolidates his reputation for intellectual sophistication, a good historian's sensitivity to detail and a flare for large-scale tale-telling that produces work as page-turning as a novel... He handles the big questions fearlessly and elegantly, deploying oral history, a variety of archives and private collections and a properly global understanding...Read this book for information, for convincing analytic nuance, as a humbling shake-up of one's worldview, and as a series of heart-stopping tales.

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