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The Story of India: An Epic Journey Across the Subcontinent

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A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor. Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world?s population, the subcontinent 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 giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India?s present in the incredible riches of...

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Overview

A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor. Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world’s population, the subcontinent 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 giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India’s present in the incredible riches of her past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405677325
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Excellent read

    An atmospheric, personal treatment of Indian history, but at the same time scrupulous and well informed. Wood notes where there are different interpretations - as with the significance of the Muslim-Hindu divide - and makes it clear where he is expounding a theory rather than presenting established facts (as in his explanation of the prehistoric settlement of India). He stresses the sketchiness of the written record for most of Indian history and the need to use conjecture and imagination, but uses this responsibly and honestly. He has no axe to grind, beyond a wish to convey enthusiasm for his subject, which he does most successfully. Some may find Wood intrudes a little too much of his own personality and experience, but I find this sympathetic. Because of the paucity of the written record Wood makes extensive use of archaeological findings and appears to have good personal links with the Indian archaeological community. A particular strength is his coverage of ideas and outlooks derived from the literary and artistic record.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    I can't say I'd recommend this MP3

    I bought this MP3 in preparation for a vacation to India. It did help me have a better understanding of many of the major periods in India's history. However, it was incredibly dry. I kept finding myself only remembering little "factoids" or broad generalizations. Nothing very vibrant stuck in my mind. I suspect if I'd wanted to only come away with "factoids" or broad generalizations, I could have gotten those by skimming a junior high text book. Also disappointing was the fact that I didn't get a very good sense of India in the 20th century.

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