Non-Fiction Michael Wood The Story of India

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The Story of India

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This sumptuously illustrated book with its magical mix of history and travelogue will provide an unforgettable portrait of India.

In this lavishly illustrated companion to his BBC TV series, 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.

From the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of India’s Deep South, this original and striking survey of Indian history provides vivid portraits of India’s regions and cultures, and new insights into some of history’s greatest figures: the Buddha and Ashoka, Samudragupta and Akbar the Great, Nehru and Gandhi. It explores the ways in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history of the world, and shows how some of ancient India’s conclusions about the nature of civilization have lost none of their relevance for our own times.
Dazzling colour photographs capture an extraordinary spectrum of landscapes, architectural splendours, customs, rituals and festivals. This sumptuously illustrated book from one of Britain’s best-loved historians and broadcasters is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India, past, present — and future.
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About the Author :

Michael Wood is a highly respected author and TV presenter with over eighty documentary films to his name, most recently the acclaimed In Search of Myths and Heroes.
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In a style that blends encyclopedic knowledge with a travel narrative, Wood (In Search of the Trojan War) presents the history of a country which, he claims, is itself "a tale of incredible drama, of great inventions and phenomenal creativity, and of the biggest ideas." Combining ancient and recent history with archaeology, anthropology, religion and linguistic studies, Wood provides a thorough view of India's journey to the present. Woods has a long personal history with the country and he uses it to great effect, combining first person accounts (such as hunting down an original manuscript of the ancient Rig-Veda text in a Calcutta library and stopping for tea at the "bazaar of storytellers") with discursive accounts of Tamil literature, the analysis of Hindu legends and subtle historical interpretation. As in the past, India's greatest strength, Wood claims, will be to "adapt and change, to use the gifts of history and to accept its wounds, but somehow, magically, to always be India." Filled with photographs and artwork, this is an excellent primer for anyone wishing to know about the evolution of this growing world power.
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Description du livre Ebury Publishing, United Kingdom, 2008. Paperback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AB99781846074608

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Description du livre Ebury Publishing/TBI, 2008. Softcover. État : New. First edition. The Story Of India is a six part BBC documentary covering the history of the subcontinent. This book is a companion publication to this popular television series. India has always held a fascination for people from other countries, with its ancient culture and the rich diversity that makes the country so colorful and interesting. Now, India is on the way to becoming a global economic power. This has awakened increased interest in the country. This book takes the reader on a fascinating exploration of the region, its history and culture. The author travels from the Khyber Pass and the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas down to the humid, tropical jungles of southern India. As he does so, the author traces the evolution of the culture and civilization of the region, and the many monuments that stand testimony to its tangible achievements. The author traces the regions history from the time of the first human settlement of the subcontinent, as the early humans moved out of Africa. It then explores the dawn of the ancient civilization and culture of the country, and goes on to cover the time of the Buddha. It looks at the great historical personalities, from emperors like Ashoka, Samudragupta and Akbar to modern leaders like Gandhi and Nehru. It is a combination of a travelogue and a history of the region, as the author explores the architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal and other monuments. He explores the contributions made by India in many fields of science, and its cultural contributions to the world. It is an intriguing attempt to fit the 10,000 year old rich and vibrant history of the subcontinent into a book of around 300 pages. But, the author has managed it beautifully. He has presented the story of a region that was the cradle of the most influential of the ancient civilizations of the planet, a region that gave birth to four major religions in the world. The content of this book is rich, with photographs and illustrations that convey the vibrancy and the culture of the country. This aptly complements the text that paints a vivid portrait of India through all times, past, present, and future. Printed Pages: 336. N° de réf. du libraire 79245

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