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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Inglorious Empire, written and read by Shashi Tharoor. 

In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased sixfold. The empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism and caused millions to die from starvation. 

British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial 'gift' - from the railways to the rule of law - was designed in Britain's interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain's Industrial Revolution was founded on India's deindustrialisation and the destruction of its textile industry. 

In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain's stained Indian legacy. 

©2018 Shashi Tharoor (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Excellent.

An intricate crash course on the British Empire from the very brilliant Shashi Tharoor. A must read for every Indian & for any one interested in Colonial Geo Politics.

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Awesome book by Dr. Tharoor

The book is so detailed about the times of the British Raj. It was really great to hear the history during the time in Shashi's own voice.

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Simply awesome

Well researched, very well written and narration is one of the best one would ever listen to in english. This audio book made me look forward to my daily commute and appreciate traffic delays :-).

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Must hear. Don't miss.

Must hear. In fact this has prompted me to consider reading the book. Well presented by the author.

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Must be part of all Indian and British curriculum

Why we get only half assed stories about the greatest conquest of our country in schools? Mr Tharoor is right on we Indians forgive and forget easily. We should forgive but not forget. Never forget.
I felt like I needed a punching bag when listening to this audiobook, it really makes me angry at the wrong doings. Our present we owe to our history, so please don’t tell me that’s all in the past. Thank you.

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  • G Varsani
  • 06-25-18

An informative and entertaining audiobook.

I really enjoyed listening to this informative audiobook. I bought the hard back but didn't manage to get very far. I was thrilled when the audiobook was produced. Shashi Tharoor narrates the book well. I feel I have gained a better understanding of the impact of British rule in India.

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  • Laurence
  • 05-25-18

A very timely and valuable book

The author allows the facts to speak for themselves, whilst presenting an unquestionably compelling rebuttal of recent and historical apologists for colonialism.

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  • David Jackson
  • 08-10-18

Informative and thought-provoking

The argument is predictable but it is laid out in an interesting manner which I at least find persuasive. Even should one ultimately disagree with the central arguement it is one that is worthwhile hearing out.

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  • ROSALIND BUCK
  • 07-25-18

Eloquentand awful truth about the British empire

I was fascinated, horrified and saddened by this brilliant and coolheaded account of the atrocious behaviour of the British in India. It says much of the country and its people that they do not all hate our guts. 35 million deaths from famine under British rule and I never heard a word about the evils of empire at school. Tharoor's English is wonderfully rich if at times quaint in his pronunciation.

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  • Helen Mackay
  • 07-18-18

Incredible

Everyone should read this book. It is the perfect antidote to Britain's imperial amnesia. Brilliant.

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  • Tristan Hardy
  • 07-05-18

Encaptured

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I had never known this side of the story regarding England's relationship with India during its colonial days.

Simply by listening I felt educated.

I also feel both informed and disappointed at the same time. The reason for this is that I idolised Churchill above all other PMs for his "in my oppinoin" can do attitude coupled with common sense... however after listening to what I felt was a fairly neutral view, drenched in evidently researched facts, I can no longer see Churchill in the same way.

Another disappointing part being how Britian was so ruthless and self serving whilst in controller of India... I strongly feel that after listening to this account that if Britain had either left India alone or simply reinvested part of the sums they made back into India , we could as a people be so much further on globally, both socially and technologically.

Thank you to the author for publishing such a work to pay tribute to his country that suffered such hardship under mine. I wanted to say sorry for what happened myself although as he stated today's generations where not at fault for their ansestors past ventures, but during those century's I don't believe my ansestors where british either prior to Churchills time, more likely they where colonials from Ireland and else where...My point being anyone who loves thier country and hears how ruthless it was in the past would feel guilt towards those wronged as I did listening to this account of events.

The book is well read, encaptures the open minded and inquisive reader/listener. It has also given me an interested in learning more about other lands colonised by Britain during its emipers rein.

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  • Dr. K. Kapoor
  • 06-07-18

illuminating

what a well structured informative and insightful look at India during before during and after the Raj.
Tharoor builds his opinions from contemporary accounts both from within India and international scholars.
The book is not looking to be a chronological accountee of events but a discussion spanning India's history to assess the reasons for the Raj and it's motivation.
British and Indian history is intertwined through colonialism, this book addresses the paternalism and pillaging.

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  • riaz zaman
  • 07-20-18

Harsh reality

Tharoor expertly analyses the impact of Empire on India and explains many of the tragic consequences from it. It really is astonishing the impact and the lasting damage colonialism has had on India and many other countries around the world. From this work a reader understands the harsh reality of this period.

This is a thought provoking book and one that many more in the UK need to be aware of.

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  • 09-04-18

Eye opener

A must read. The English have a lot to answer to. This is a confirmation of how the Empire has destroyed the colonies

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 06-23-18

Eye-watering

A indictment of European history, that can be all to easily be overlooked . Who's victims transcend generations and are unknown.

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