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user-inactivated  ·  1118 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: August 31st: What are you reading this week?

Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru was the first Prime Minister who served for something like 15 years I think. Glimpses is a collection of letters he wrote to his daughter while imprisoned by the British during the struggle for Indian independence. The letters were Nehru's attempt to instruct his daughter on the history of the world. It comes in at around 1000 pages and is remarkable in it's detail. It is absolutely the most complete world history ever written from a prison cell. Nehru must have passed a very keen and orderly mind. I've read worse histories of the world from people who had access to libraries and experts. The book gives some insight into the struggle for independence. I'm not very far in but it's good so far.