India: A Portrait Audiobook | Patrick French | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
India: A Portrait | [Patrick French]

India: A Portrait

Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative. Melding on-the-ground reports with a deep knowledge of history, French exposes the cultural foundations of India’s political, economic and social complexities.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul.

Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative.

Melding on-the-ground reports with a deep knowledge of history, French exposes the cultural foundations of India’s political, economic and social complexities. He reveals how a nation identified with some of the most wretched poverty on earth has simultaneously developed an envied culture of entrepreneurship (here are stories like that of C. K. Ranganathan, who trudged the streets of Cuddalore in the 1980s selling sample packets of shampoo and now employs more than one thousand people). And even more remarkably, French shows how, despite the ancient and persistent traditions of caste, as well as a mind-boggling number of ethnicities and languages, India has nevertheless managed to cohere, evolving into the world’s largest democracy, largely fulfilling Jawaharlal Nehru’s dream of a secular liberal order.

French’s inquiry goes to the heart of all the puzzlements that modern India presents: Is this country actually rich or poor? Why has its Muslim population, the second largest on earth, resisted radicalization to such a considerable extent? Why do so many children of Indians who have succeeded in the West want to return “home,” despite never having lived in India? Will India become a natural ally of the West, a geostrategic counterweight to the illiberal rising powers China and Russia? To find the answers, French seeks out an astonishing range of characters: from Maoist revolutionaries to Mafia dons, from chained quarry laborers to self-made billionaires. And he delves into the personal lives of the political elite, including the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful women in the world.

With a familiarity and insight few Westerners could approach, Patrick French provides a vital corrective to the many outdated notions about a uniquely dynamic and consequential nation. His India is a thrilling revelation.

©2011 Patrick French (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (25 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.9 (21 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.9 (21 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    418
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Information Poorly Presented"

    I love history, particularly about a country that I don't know much about. This book left me still not well informed about India. It was poorly put together and I thought the narration was poor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 10-31-11
    morton Rego Park, NY, United States 10-31-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    704
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    95
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1214
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Epic Book by Award-Winning Author"

    This epic portrait of India is a must for anyone who wants to understand one of the most amazing transformations in recent history. Patrick French does a great job of introducing the listener to a wide range of characters and presenting the political, economic and social complexities of one of the world's largest democracies.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Spencer CHICAGO, IL, United States 12-08-12
    Spencer CHICAGO, IL, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book is excellent for what it is."

    One only wishes that audible had included the bigger, more important book by Mr. French to come out in recent years, namely his biography of V. S. Naipaul The World is What it is. It was a major publishing event and readily adaptable to audiobook. In general, audible seems uninterested in either the biography or the novels of Mr. Naipaul, who is by almost any critical account one of the most important writers in English in the last half century. Anyway, French's India book is enjoyable even for one, such as myself, who has traveled there many times and has read an immense amount on the subject of the country, its people, and its history.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.