by Kushwant Singh
Just what the title says, this book is an informative, lively account of India, from a few paragraphs on the Indus Valley civilization to the final chapter on Indira Gandhi. I learned a lot from reading it, and perhaps not only what Singh intended. Through his writing, I gleaned some information on how Indians feel about politics and so on: for example, he calls the leaking of information that a public official had not paid income tax in ten years a "personal attack." A very different mind-set from the typical American's. Singh is objective and fair in describing even hot topics like British rule and Pakistan, and so is probably trustworthy as a historian. An interesting, rarely dull summary of history.