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    The following is a list of highly recommended reading listed in no particular order. Many of these books are out-of-print. Some of them are rare. Asterisks denote books not yet available from The Sikh Times Reference Library.

    Graceful Women: Gender and Identity in an American Sikh Community [Availability: Good]
    By CONSTANCE WAEBER ELSBERG; Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press; May 2003; xxi+380 pages
    Quick Review: The author camouflages the identities of two main characters in her narrative even though the two women behind those characters were "both happy to go public." Therefore, "Simran" is actually Premka Kaur Khalsa (who sued Yogi Bhajan in court and now uses a different name) and "Prabhupati" is actually Kamalla Rose Kaur (who used the name Kamlapati Kaur Khalsa until she broke away from Yogi Bhajan).

    The Rise of Sikhs Abroad [Availability: Good]
    By GURMUKH SINGH; New Delhi: Rupa & Co.; 2003; 289 pages
    Quick Review: Omits keys figures like Tara Singh Hayer, Ripudaman Singh Malik, and Tarsem Singh Purewal in an apparent attempt to sidestep controversy.

    Margin of Terror [Availability: Good]
    By SALIM JIWA; Canada: Key Porter Books; February 15, 2006; 328 pages
    Quick Review: This book claims that Hardial Singh Johal masterminded the bombing of Air India Flight 182.

    Amongst the Sikhs [Availability: Good]
    By SURJIT KAUR; New Delhi: Roli Books; 2003; 192 pages
    Quick Review: Profiles of diaspora Sikhs, including Yogi Bhajan, Didar Bains, Narinder Kapany, Kavelle and Kuljit Bajaj, Sant Chatwal, I.J. Singh, Nikky Singh, Harbans Lal, Gurmit Aulakh, Mota Singh, Reuben Singh, Tigerjit Singh, Gurbax Malhi, Nav Bhatia, T. Sher Singh, and Dya Singh. Didar Bains seems inaccurately identified as a recipient of the Nishan-e-Khalsa awarded during the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations at Anandpur Sahib in 1999. The complete list of recipients is located here and here.

    Sikh Identity: An Exploration Of Groups Among Sikhs [Availability: Poor]*
    By OPINDERJIT KAUR TAKHAR; Ashgate Publishing; September 30, 2005; 215 pages
    Quick Review: A review of Sikh sects including the Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Namdharis, Ravidasis, Valmikis, and Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere.

    Satyarth Parkash [Availability: Poor]*
    Quick Review: Critical of all religions, including many aspects of Hinduism. Derides Sikh Gurus for lack of knowledge of Sanskrit.

    Religion and Nationalism in India: The Case of the Punjab [Availability: Poor]*
    By HARNIK DEOL; (Routledge); August 31, 2000; 216 pages
    Quick Review: Examines the growth of a nationalist sentiment among the Sikh community in the Punjab. Drawing on a wide range of resources, Deol explores the reasons behind the rise in Sikh militancy over the 1970s and 1980s.

    Who Is a Hindu?: Hindu Revivalist Views of Animism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Other Offshoots of Hinduism [Availability: Poor]*
    By KOENRAAD ELST; (Voice of India); 2002; 358 pages
    Quick Review: A forceful and highly controversial argument in favor of establishing that Sikhism falls under Hinduism's mega-umbrella. For details, see the chapter entitled Are Sikhs Hindus?

    Many Faces of Communalism [Availability: Poor]*
    By KHUSHWANT SINGH; (Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development); 1985; 78 pages
    Quick Review: Referenced heavily by Koenraad Elst in his controversial book Who is a Hindu?: Hindu revivalist views of Animism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and other offshoots of Hinduism.

    Chakravyuh: Web of Indian Secularism [Availability: Poor]*
    By GURTEJ SINGH; (Chandigarh: Institute of Sikh Studies); 2000; 193 pages
    Quick Review: Contains copies of letters from Sikh leaders to New Delhi, allegedly establishing their complicity in authorizing Operation Bluestar, the Indian Army's attack on the holiest Sikh shrine, the Darbar Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple) at Amritsar, Punjab.

    Commentary on Japji [Availability: Poor]
    By VINOBA BHAVE; Rs. 25.00
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Commentary on the Sikh Gurdwaras Act [Availability: Poor]
    By KASHMIR SINGH; Rs. 400.00
    Quick Review: Includes text of the Sikh Gurdwaras Act of 1925. Available from Singh Brothers, Amritsar.

    Bhindranwale Sant [Availability: Poor]
    By SURJEET JALANDHARY; Jalandhar: Punjab Pocket Books; January 1, 1984; 185 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Recent Trends and Prospects in Sikh Studies [Availability: Poor]
    By PASHAURA SINGH; Studies in Religion; Volume 27, Number 4; 1998
    Quick Review: In this article, Pashaura claims, "In my presentation before the Akal Takhat, I made it quite explicit that none of my critics has any right to abridge my academic freedom." However, Jasbir Singh Mann of provided The Sikh Times with Pashaura's alleged "confession" signed at the Akal Takht on June 25, 1994. The "confession," which appears to make no attempt to defend academic freedom, states, "I hereby reject in thought, word and deed all such objectionable formulations that occur in my thesis." In a letter dated July 1, 2005, addressed to all Sikhs, Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti wrote, "Pashaura Singh has published his previous conclusions in his new book entitled Guru Granth Sahib Canon, Meaning and Authority. It is clearly a violation of the promise that he has made before Sri Akal Takht Sahib."

    Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away With Murder [Availability: Good]
    By KIM BOLAN; McClelland & Stewart; September 13, 2005; 388 pages
    Quick Review: Kim Bolan is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered the Air-India bombing case for The Vancouver Sun since the day Flight 182 went down off the coast of Ireland. Her work on the Air-India story has taken her to Punjab five times over the last twenty years where she met with militant Sikh separatist leaders and victims of the violence. She also followed Air-India mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar to Pakistan before his 1992 slaying and chased down other suspects in England and across Canada. But she faced the most danger at home in Vancouver where the stories she uncovered about the Air-India case led to a series of death threats against her.

    Amar Shaheed Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale: Martyr of the Sikh Faith [Availability: Poor]
    By CHOOR SINGH SIDHU; European Institute of Sikh Studies; 1997; 103 pages
    Quick Review: Choor Singh Sidhu is a retired judge of the Singapore Supreme Court.

    Open Secrets: India's Intelligence Unveiled [Availability: Good]
    By MALOY KRISHNA DHAR; Manas Publications; 2005; 519 pages
    Quick Review: Dhar claims that Bhindranwale's nephew, Jasbir Singh Rode, was considered a "reformed" militant, released from jail, allowed to take refuge within the Darbar Sahib complex, and provided arms by the Intelligence Bureau to fight Sikh militants. Dhar adds that Talwinder Singh Parmar was under the patronage of Pakistan's Inter-services Intelligence (I.S.I.) and "the Indian High Commission [in Canada] had . . . information that some aircraft related crime could be committed by the Sikh extremists in near future, but if the action would take place on Canadian soil or in India was not specified . . ."

    Terrorism in Punjab: Understanding Grassroots Reality [Availability: Good]
    By HARISH K. PURI; Har-Anand Publications; 1999; 200 pages
    Quick Review: (Courtesy: Sukhjinder Singh Gill, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

    Through the Corridors of Power: An Insider's Story [Availability: Good]
    By P. CHERIAN ALEXANDER; HarperCollins; 2004; 480 pages
    Quick Review: P.C. Alexander served as principal secretary to two of India's prime ministers: Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. In this book, Alexander provides an insider's view on the Punjab drama, including Operation Bluestar, for which he blames the army generals.

    Sherlock Holmes in Babylon and Other Tales of Mathematical History [Availability: Good]
    Edited By MARLOW ANDERSON; The Mathematical Association of America; October 14, 2004
    Quick Review: This volume contains 44 articles on the history of mathematics, which were published in the journals of the Mathematical Association of America over the past 100 years. Each of four sections (ancient mathematics, medieval and Renaissance mathematics, the 17th century, and the 18th century) features editorial commentary that places the articles in their historical context and reviews them in the light of current scholarship. In more than one case, two articles on the same topic are included to show how views about it have changed over time. Covering a span of almost 4000 years, from the ancient Babylonians to the eighteenth century, this collection chronicles the enormous changes in mathematical thinking over this time, as viewed by distinguished historians of mathematics from the past and the present.

    Eyewitness Books: Religion [Availability: Good]
    By MYRTLE LANGLEY; D.K. Publishing, Inc.; 2005
    Quick Review: Excellent, lavishly illustrated overview of the world's major organized faiths. Although Sikhism (23 million) claims a greater number of adherents than Judaism (14 million), it is allotted only two pages (as compared with the six pages allotted to Judaism). The Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth or Adi Granth, is incorrectly described as containing poetry "written by the ten gurus."

    Social Transformation and the Creative Imagination [Availability: Poor]*
    Edited by S. CHANDRA; Allied Publishers; 1984
    Quick Review: Contains "Social Transformation and the Creative Imagination in the Sikh Literature" (pp. 91-106) by Surjit Singh Hans, a summary statement of Hans' unpublished doctoral thesis entitled "Historical Analysis of Sikh Literature (A.D. 1500-1850)," a comprehensive and searching study of Sikh metacommentaries including Sainapati's "Sri Gur Sobha" (1711), Sukha Singh's "Gurbilas Dasvin Patsahi" (1797), Koer Singh's "Gurbilas Patsahi 10," and Sohan's "Gurbilas Chhevin Patsahi." Surjit Hans' Ph.D. thesis was eventually published in 1988 as "Reconstruction of Sikh History from Sikh Literature."

    The Sikhs Demand Their Homeland [Availability: Rare]*
    By SADHU SWARUP SINGH; Lahore Book Shop; 1946; 83 pages
    Quick Review: One of the earliest articulations in favor of a Sikh homeland.

    The Idea of the Sikh State [Availability: Rare]*
    By GURBACHAN SINGH and GYANI LAL SINGH; Lahore Book Shop; 1946; 48 pages
    Quick Review: One of the earliest articulations in favor of a Sikh homeland.

    Mere Christianity [Availability: Good]
    By C.S. LEWIS; HarperSanFrancisco; 2000; 227 pages
    Quick Review: Based on a set of B.B.C. broadcasts during World War II, this is Clive Staples Lewis's (1898-1963) most famous book. Lewis expounds well on theology but nevertheless falls short of convincing the reader of the existence of a "Law of Human Nature" (or moral code) as universally true as (say) mathematics or gravitation. Lewis uses Baxter's term "mere Christianity" to stand for fundamental Christian principles common to all denominations.

    Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood [Availability: Fair]*
    By TASLIMA NASRIN; Translated from Bengali to English by GOPA MAJUMDAR; Steerforth; June 1, 1998; 300 pages
    Quick Review: Part one of Taslima Nasrin's two-volume autobiography. Of uneven quality, but important nevertheless.

    The True Name [Availability: Rare]*
    By OSHO; 1993
    Quick Review: English translations, in two volumes, of "Ek Omkar Satnam," a set of audio recordings (twenty tapes; 1 tape = 1 book chapter) of Osho Rajneesh's discourses (November 21-30, 1974 and December 1-10, 1974) in Hindi on Japji, Guru Nanak's core message as contained within the Guru Granth.

    Books I Have Loved [Availability: Poor]
    By OSHO; (Pune, India: Tao Publishing); 1985
    Quick Review: A transcription of Osho Rajneesh's talks (given in 1982), in a highly intimate setting, on 168, mostly spiritual, books, including the Adi Granth and the writings of Kabir and Guru Nanak.

    Why I Am Not a Muslim [Availability: Good]
    By IBN WARRAQ; Prometheus Books; May 1, 1995; 402 pages
    Quick Review: Warraq, a former Muslim who now lives in Ohio, examines the major principles of the world's second largest religion, presenting a less than flattering picture of the faith and its followers.

    Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects [Availability: Good]
    By BERTRAND RUSSELL; Touchstone; October 30, 1967; 266 pages
    Quick Review: "I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue," Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man's mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.

    Avatar of Night: The Hidden Side of Sai Baba [Availability: Good]
    By TAL BROOKE; End Run Publishing; December 15, 1999; 400 pages (with 180 photographs and graphics)
    Quick Review: "[T]his book stands alone as the only comprehensive and credible, dissenting account of Baba's claims to be God....I first read this book ten years ago, when it was available in the West as Lord of the Air. It is one of the few books that I have read many, many times - no small praise from an English graduate and journalist. The literary quality of the account, the intense and gripping story, the integrity of the investigation Brooke undertakes, and the personal suffering Brooke later underwent to get the text published in the West after the Indian government banned it, make this one of the few books that you absolutely have to read. Whether you have any interest in Baba, or just enjoy a good real-life adventure story, this book is highly recommended." -- Nigel Parry,

    My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru [Availability: Good]
    By TIM GUEST; Harvest Books; February 1, 2005; 320 pages
    Quick Review: "An unwitting participant in his mother's quest for enlightenment, Tim - renamed Yogesh - spent the early 1980s in ashrams of the Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh, where he and his orange-clad companions 'let go of our pasts, our parents, our Lego.' Initially benign, the cult's 'permissive mysticality' gradually descended into a chaos of inane drudgery, fraud on a grand scale, Stasi-like paranoia and psychological and sexual abuse. Hilarious and shocking, Guest's is a remarkably level-headed assessment of what drove many of his parents' generation to seek an alternative way of life. Above all, he seems to have absorbed the more laudable aims of the communal experience, empathy and tolerance: 'It is true that we were not protected enough from the merry-go-round of disciplehood and the agony of surrender. But then, if life didn't hurt us, we wouldn't notice it pass by.' " -- Catherine Taylor, The Guardian (London)

    The Forgotten Army: India's Armed Struggle for Independence 1942-1945 [Availability: Fair]*
    By PETER WARD FAY; University of Michigan Press; December 15, 1995; ix + 573 pages
    Quick Review: "[A] well-crafted and thought-provoking mixture of oral history and original research, providing the most comprehensive account yet published of the events leading to the formation of the [Indian National Army] I.N.A." -- The Guardian (London)

    India in Slow Motion [Availability: Fair]
    By MARK TULLY; Penguin; November 7, 2002; 302 pages
    Quick Review: A collection of extended essays on modern India by the B.B.C.'s former South Asia correspondent. The ten chapters cover 1) the Hindutva movement, 2) child workers in the carpet industry, 3) the Tehelka defence corruption scandal, 4) The Indianization of Christianity in Goa, 5) Cyberabad and Chandrababu Naidu, 6) Sufism in India, 7) globalization, economic reform and the Indian farmer, 8) V.P. Singh and his lesser known but equally interesting brother Sant Bux, 9) A Gujarat village that has implemented a successful water harvesting scheme and treats its Dalits well and 10) Kashmir.

    The Context of Ethnicity: Sikh Identity in a Comparative Perspective [Availability: Fair]
    By DIPANKAR GUPTA; Oxford University Press; February 1, 1996; 241 pages
    Quick Review: Through a study of Sikh extremism in the Punjab, the author argues that ethnic identities are not fixed and permanent, but are dynamic and need to be sociologically contextualized in order to be properly understood.

    Modern Myths, Locked Minds: Secularism and Fundamentalism in India [Availability: Poor]
    By T.N. MADAN; Oxford University Press; October 7, 1999; 340 pages
    Quick Review: Secularism or fundamentalism are presented in this book as modern ideologies that purvey mutually exclusive rival images of society. An insightful comparison of the Sikh, Islamic, and Hindu traditions is offered, each seen over a long period of time, revealing markedly distinctive historical experiences.

    The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason [Availability: Good]
    By SAM HARRIS; Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.; August 2004; 336 pages
    Quick Review: ". . . The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated, almost personally understood. Sam Harris presents major religious systems like Judaism, Christianity and Islam as forms of socially sanctioned lunacy, their fundamental tenets and rituals irrational, archaic and, important when it comes to matters of humanity's long-term survival, mutually incompatible. A doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say in contemporary America." -- Natalie Angier, The New York Times

    An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire [Availability: Good]
    By ARUNDHATI ROY; South End Press; September 15, 2004; 200 pages
    Quick Review: Roy is an accomplished writer, as was established early in her writing career when she won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first book, a novel called "The God of Small Things." Subsequently, she began to nurture an instinct for activism and has never looked back. Her first non-fiction piece, published in 1998 in response to India's juvenile nuclear test explosions, lambasted India's B.J.P.-led government for acting irresponsibly toward its impoverished citizens. Roy masterfully pointed out the sheer absurdity of aiming for the 6th slot on the list of overt nuclear powers while occupying the 127th slot on the U.N.D.P. human development index (2004). In "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire" Roy directs the might of her rebellious pen at America's irresponsible use of power worldwide. Roy's arguments have nuance, which George "War-monger" Bush supporters brought up on a strict diet of Fox News sound bites aren't inclined to grasp.

    Sarkari Qatl-e-Aam (Government Organised Carnage) [Availability: Poor]
    Quick Review: This eye-witness account, written by the president of the All India Akali Dal (Babbar), of the 1984 Sikh massacres in New Delhi was banned jointly by the governments of India and Delhi in March 1998 for its criticism of the government and the judiciary on account of non-action. Shivanath Jha of The Indian Express reported (March 22, 1998), "In a joint affidavit filed before a division bench, comprising Justices S.K. Mahajan and C.K. Mahajan, the Central Government Standing Counsel Meera Bhatia and Delhi Government Standing Counsel Rajesh Kumar said that to prevent further trouble both the governments have decided to ban the book from further publication and distribution." The book was published in English, Hindi, and Gurmukhi (Punjabi).

    The Myth of the Holy Cow [Availability: Good]*
    By DWIJENDRA NARAYAN JHA; Verso; 2004; 120 pages
    Quick Review: The author is a professor of history at the University of Delhi. His opponents, including the current government of India and the fundamentalist groups backing it, have demanded that the book should be ritually burned in public. It has already been banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court and the author's life has been threatened. The Observer wrote, "Not since Salman Rushsie's Satanic Verses . . . has a book caused such violent reaction." According to the Times Literary Supplement, "The pen might still be, if not mightier than the nuclear arsenal, at least a weapon worth scanning for, like knives at airports, a weapon capable of subversion." Calcutta's The Telegraph wrote, "This book may not please Hindu fundamentalists but its research is impeccable."

    Dreams After Darkness: A Search for the Life Ordinary Under the Shadow of 1984 [Availability: Good]
    By MANRAJ GREWAL; New Delhi: Rupa & Co.; 2004; 224 pages; Rs. 395
    Quick Review: An account of those who were active during the Sikh militancy period from 1983 to 1993 including Nirmal Singh Nimma (co-accused in the Vaidya murder case), Sarabjeet, Amrit and Harinder (children of Beant Singh, who assassinated Indira Gandhi), Ishar Singh (the elder son of Jarnail Singh Bindranwale), Wassan Singh Zaffarwal (former chief of the Khalistan Commando Force), Ranjit Singh Gill "Kuki" (accused in the Lalit Maken case), Atinder Pal Singh (All India Sikh Students Federation), Nirmal Singh Nimma, Gian Singh (the assassin of Harchand Singh Longowal), Kanwal Pal Singh Dhami (ex-honcho of the Akal Federation), Harbinder, Gurbinder and Harjinder (sons of former Bhindranwale Tiger Force chief Gurbachan Singh Manochahal), and Karamjit Singh Sunam (who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi).

    Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror [Availability: Good]*
    By ANONYMOUS; Brassey's Inc; 2004; 309 pages
    Quick Review: According to the author (who also wrote Through Our Enemies' Eyes), the greatest danger for Americans confronting the Islamist threat is to believe - at the urging of U.S. leaders - that Muslims attack us for what we are and what we think rather than for what we do. Anonymous contends they will go to any length, not to destroy our secular, democratic way of life, but to deter what they view as specific attacks on their lands, their communities, and their religion. Unless U.S. leaders recognize this fact and adjust their policies abroad accordingly, even moderate Muslims will join the bin Laden camp. According to Eric Margolis (The Toronto Sun, September 12, 2004), "[Anonymous has been] widely identified in the American media as Michael Scheuer, a senior terrorism analyst for the C.I.A."

    Sikh Gurudwaras Legislation: All India Perspective [Availability: Poor]*
    By KASHMIR SINGH; Amritsar, India: Singh Brothers; 1991; 168 pages
    Quick Review: Throws light on the historical background, importance and desirability of the proposed All India Sikh Gurudwara Legislation. A draft of the proposed legislation is appended.

    Guru Gobind Singh's Death at Nanded: An Examination of Succession Theories [Availability: Poor]*
    By GANDA SINGH; Bhatinda District, Faridkot: Guru Nanak Foundation; 1972
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Betrayal: The Spy Canada Abandoned [Availability: Poor]*
    By DAVID KILGOUR; Scarborough, Ontario: Prentice Hall Canada, Inc.; 1994
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print [Availability: Good]*
    Edited by DAVID WALLIS; Nation Books; June 1, 2004; 336 pages
    Quick Review: A collection of print media stories that were commissioned but eventually dropped for being politically incorrect. Includes pieces by George Orwell and Robert Fisk.

    Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire [Availability: Good]*
    By CHALMERS JOHNSON; N.Y.: Owl Books; January 1, 2004; 288 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic [Availability: Good]*
    By CHALMERS JOHNSON; Metropolitan Books; January 13, 2004; 400 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Bad News From Israel [Availability: Good]*
    By GREG PHILO; U.K.: Pluto Press; June 1, 2004; 256 pages
    Quick Review: Given the Western media's strong pro-Israel bias, it is often easy to overlook the fact that Palestinians were evicted overnight from their homeland to make room for Israel just so that the West could atone for its criminal neglect of the Jews during Nazism. This book helps us remember the truth about the Middle East.

    Good Muslim, Bad Muslim : America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror [Availability: Good]*
    By MAHMOOD MAMDANI; Pantheon; April 20, 2004; 320 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Uncivil Wars: Pathology of Terrorism in India [Availability: Poor]
    By VED MARWAH; New Delhi: HarperCollins; 1997; xiv + 472 pages
    Quick Review: Ved Marwah was a senior police officer on Indira Gandhi's select committee for monitoring Punjab affairs. The book contains sections on Terrorism, Kashmir, Punjab, The Noth East, Nagaland, Assam, and Counter-terrorist Strategy.

    Punjab Today [Availability: Poor]
    Edited By GOPAL SINGH; New Delhi: South Asian Publishers; 1994; 380 pages
    Quick Review: Contains a rare reproduction and translation (from Punjabi to English) of the text of the Panthic Committee's 1986 "Declaration of Khalistan." Referenced by Harjot Oberoi in his essay Sikh Fundamentalism: Translating History into Theory contained in Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance (1993), edited by Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby.

    Backstory: Inside the Business of News [Availability: Good]*
    By KEN AULETTA; The Penguin Press; December 25, 2003; 320 pages
    Quick Review: A collection of the author's work as media correspondent for The New Yorker. Auletta's critique of the increasing role played by business interests in today's media includes The New York Times, Fox News, and New York's tabloid wars. "[Ken Auletta] has been described by the Columbia Journalism Review as America's foremost media critic . . ." -- The Economist, January 17, 2004.

    The Ballad of Carl Drega [Availability: Good]*
    By VIN SUPRYNOWICZ; Mountain Media; June 4, 2002; 689 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know [Availability: Good]
    By RUSS KICK; The Disinformation Company; November 2003; 128 pages
    Quick Review: This slim volume packs plenty of surprises even for those of us who regularly explore well beyond the sterile transmissions emanating from the mainstream media. At under $10, this is an excellent gift for folks who remain complacent and unduly optimistic about the steadily degrading state of affairs in the United States. The best part about the book is that it includes impeccable sources for each of the "50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know." That way, readers don't need to take the author at his word. They're welcome to verify the details for themselves. A sampling:
  • The first genetically modified humans have already been born.
  • Hitler's blood relatives are living in the U.S.
  • The C.I.A. commits over 100,000 serious crimes per year.
  • An atomic bomb was dropped on North Carolina.
  • The discoverer of H.I.V. no longer believes the virus is the sole cause of A.I.D.S.
  • Lincoln didn't free any slaves.

    Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor [Availability: Good]*
    By PAUL FARMER; University of California Press; April 2003; 419 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    How to Be Alone: Essays [Availability: Good]*
    By JONATHAN FRANZEN; Picador; October 1, 2003; 288 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    The Construction of Religious Boundaries: Culture, Identity and Diversity in the Sikh Tradition [Availability: Good]
    By HARJOT OBEROI; University of Chicago Press; December 1994
    Quick Review: Oberoi, along with several other scholars of Sikh studies - including Hew McLeod, Pashaura Singh, and Gurinder Singh Mann - has been the recipient of much unfair criticism for authoring scholarship that dares to run counter to Sikh tradition. Sikhs desperately need to realize that scholarship is of little value unless it is free to disagree with tradition. The hostility with which scholars of Sikh studies have been greeted every time they deviate from tradition threatens to repel scholars of repute from the area of Sikh studies. Sadly, such a trend is already visible today. Criticism of scholars must be aimed at assessing rather than silencing. Oberoi is perhaps the most articulate Sikh scholar of Sikh studies to emerge in recent times and deserves to be read. In this book, Oberoi makes a potent case for the idea that the boundary between Sikhism and Hinduism was fortified - and in some cases manufactured - during the Singh Sabha period (late 1800s to early 1900s).

    Homage to Catalonia [Availability: Good]
    By GEORGE ORWELL; Harvest Books; October 1969; 264 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley [Availability: Poor]*
    By MALCOLM X; African American Images; December 1989; 496 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    An Introduction to General Systems Thinking [Availability: Fair]
    By GERALD M. WEINBERG; Dorset House; April 15, 2001; 320 pages
    Quick Review: 25th anniversary edition.

    Economics in One Lesson [Availability: Good]
    By HENRY HAZLITT; Three Rivers Press; December 1988; 224 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    Send In The Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993-1998 [Availability: Good]*
    By VIN SUPRYNOWICZ; Mountain Media; March 1999; 508 pages
    Quick Review: Coming Soon!

    The Trouble with Islam: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change [Availability: Poor]
    By IRSHAD MANJI; Random House of Canada Ltd.; September 2003; 256 pages
    Quick Review: Irshad Manji and her family came to Canada as refugees from Idi Amin's Uganda. She grew up in Richmond, B.C., became National Affairs Editorial Writer at the Ottawa Citizen at age 23, and later appeared weekly on TVOntario debating issues of the day. After publishing her first book, Risking Utopia: On the Edge of a New Democracy, in 1997, she conceived of and hosted the Gemini award-winning QueerTelevision. Currently, Irshad Manji is host of T.V.O.'s Big Ideas and president of VERB T.V., a channel being developed to engage youth as global citizens. She is also writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto's Hart House. One religious studies scholar recently referred to Manji as "our own [Taslima] Nasrin in Canada." A new edition of Manji's book, with a slightly revised title "The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith," is due to be published in January 2004 by St. Martin's Press.

    The New Cold War [Availability: Good]*
    By MARK JUERGENSMEYER; University of California Press; February 1994; 292 pages
    Quick Review: A sensitive survey of religious nationalism around the world, with some gentle advice for Americans bewildered by all the uproar. The aim of religious nationalists of every stripe - Buddhists in Mongolia, Muslims in Palestine, Sikhs in India - is invariably the same, says Juergensmeyer: to dismantle the secular state, perceived as morally and spiritually bankrupt, and replace it with a government founded on religious principles. Juergensmeyer rejects calling this trend "fundamentalist" - mostly because of the word's pejorative connotations - and instead labels it "anti-modernist." Perhaps postmodernist would be more accurate, for the movement is growing by leaps and bounds. - Kirkus Reviews

    Islam in History and Society [Availability: Rare]*
    By MALEK BENNABI; Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University; 110 pages
    Quick Review: Bennabi, an Algerian philosopher, urged Muslim society to look within and transform. Bennabi was impatient with those who blame the suffering of Muslims solely on colonialism. He introduced the theory of colonisability, pointing to a state of affairs that made Muslims ripe for colonisation. Bennabi emphasised that real liberation of the Muslim people will come from addressing the injustices introduced in the late 13th century within the community itself. Islam started to crumble after 800 years of glorious rule. Abd al-Rahman ibn Khaldun (died in 1406) saw the fall of one Islamic dynasty after another in his own life time and concluded that societies thrive so long as there is solidarity within the group (asibiyyah) and the dominant group is not complacent. Once the ruling class gets used to a luxurious lifestyle it loses its vigour. Ibn Khaldun's masterpiece is Al-Maqaddimah: An Introduction to History.

    The Violence of the Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics [Availability: Rare]
    By VANDANA SHIVA; Zed Books; October 1992; 264 pages
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    Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties [Availability: Good]
    By NANCY CHANG; Seven Stories Press; July 15, 2002; 168 pages
    Quick Review: Chang, a senior litigation lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, uses legal language to describe the precise nature of the threats posed to U.S. citizens, residents, and visitors by the anti-terrorism measures enacted by the U.S. in the wake of 9/11. If you're looking for a real good scare, forget Stephen King, read Nancy Chang!

    Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India [Availability: Good]*
    By RAMACHANDRA GUHA; University of Chicago Press; May 1999; 336 pages
    Quick Review: In the context of Elwin's life, Guha discusses many of the major debates of twentieth century India including the future of development, cultural assimilation versus cultural difference, the political practice of postcolonial as opposed to colonial governments, and the moral practice of writers and intellectuals.

    Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda [Availability: Good]*
    Quick Review: First-hand account of the genocide by the man who led the U.N. mission.

    Theft of an Idol: Text and Context in the Representation of Collective Violence [Availability: Good]*
    By PAUL R. BRASS; Princeton University Press; January 17, 1997; 317 pages
    Quick Review: Brass is also, most recently, editor of Riots and Pogroms.

    Step Across This Line: Essays 1991-2001 [Availability: Good]
    By SALMAN RUSHDIE; Modern Library; September 30, 2003; 416 pages
    Quick Review: Advocates a borderless global society of sorts. Topics include soccer, The Wizard of Oz, writing, fighting the Iranian fatwa, turning with the millennium, and Sep. 11, 2001.

    Leveling Crowds: Ethno-Nationalist Conflicts and Collective Violence in South Asia [Availability: Good]
    By STANLEY JEYARAJA TAMBIAH; University of California Press; January 1997
    Quick Review: Sri Lanka-born Tambiah is Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. Gyan Prakash of Princeton University wrote, 'No student of modernity, let alone ethnicity in South Asia and other regions, can afford to ignore this thoughtful inquiry into our modern history.' The book, which includes a 62 page chapter entitled "Sikh Identity, Separation, and Ethnic Conflict," is, however, rendered relatively inaccessible by the heavy use of sociology terminology. His book Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics, & Violence in Sri Lanka is currently banned in Sri Lanka.

    The Assassination of Indira Gandhi [Availability: 1]*
    By RITU SARIN; Penguin Books; 1990; viii + 184 pages
    Quick Review: Sarin, a senior journalist with Sunday magazine, followed the story of Indira Gandhi's assassination from the day it happened right up to the convictions.

    When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism [Availability: Good]*
    By BILL MAHER; New Millenium Press; November 2002; 144 pages
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    Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship [Availability: Good]
    By J. M. COETZEE; University of Chicago Press; October 1997; 290 pages
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    The Sikh Diaspora: The Search for Statehood [Availability: Fair]
    By DARSHAN SINGH TATLA; University of Washington Press; April 1999; 224 pages
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    The Fat Fallacy: Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle [Availability: Good]
    By WILL CLOWER; Three Rivers Press; April 22, 2003; 320 pages
    Quick Review: Advocates a healthy relationship ('love affair') with food. See

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography [Availability: Good]
    By BOOKER T. WASHINGTON; Dover Publications; October 1995; 160 pages
    Quick Review: A riveting account of Washington's extraordinary struggle fueled by boundless optimism. However, Washington's faith appears overly buoyant when he writes the following about the Ku Klux Klan: 'To-day there are no such organizations in the South, and the fact that such ever existed is almost forgotten by both races. There are few places in the South now where public sentiment would permit such organizations to exist.' Of course, a hundred years later the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations are alive and well in the U.S. I was surprised to discover that this book - although published in 1901 - employs British (rather than American) spellings for words such as 'labour' (labor) and 'colour' (color). This is an important document of its time that must be read by anyone with the mildest interest in world history and the human condition that shapes it.

    Nine Hours to Rama [Availability: Poor]
    By STANLEY WOLPERT; Random House; June 1962
    Quick Review: In a 1997 interview with Rajeev Srinivasan of, Stanley Wolpert said, 'I have never been given any reasons for the ban [in India] on Nine Hours to Rama. I might have come uncomfortably close to the truth when I talked about the criminal neglect of the Mahatma's security. A number of groups opposed him - some even called him Mohammed Gandhi because his prayer meetings included the Quran. A bomb exploded in Birla House grounds behind where he was staying some two weeks before the assassination. The police did interrogate a number of goondas [crooks], but did nothing to prevent further incidents. I think I came close to the truth. The head of the C.I.D. in Bombay - I had dinner in London with him years later - said, 'If I hadn't sealed the documents myself, not to be opened in 50 years, I could have sworn you had read them.' '

    The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of the State and Guerrilla Violence [Availability: Poor]
    By JOYCE PETTIGREW; Zed Books; June 1995; 212 pages
    Quick Review: Pettigrew interviewed several Sikh militants in the Punjab for this book and reproduces those interviews verbatim with sprinklings of gems of analyses.

    Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues With Sikh Militants [Availability: Good]
    By CYNTHIA KEPPLEY MAHMOOD; University of Pennsylvania Press; December 1996; 328 pages
    Quick Review: Mahmood interviewed numerous former Sikh militants, now settled in North America, who get a rare opportunity to tell their side of the story.

    The Politics of Genocide [Availability: Poor]
    Quick Review: Written by a former member of Punjab's legislative assembly, this is the most thorough documentation of India's genocidal crimes against Sikhs in India during the period from 1984 to 1995.

    Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American [Availability: Excellent]
    By MICHAEL MOORE; Perennial; September 1997; 336 pages
    Quick Review: A volley of humorous - often brilliant, sometimes insane - liberal and progressive ideas covering the entire spectrum of American life from the maker of the Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine.

    The End of India [Availability: Fair]
    By KHUSHWANT SINGH; Penguin; January 1, 2003; 163 pages
    Quick Review: A no holds barred indictment of India's recent slide into the depths of Hindu chauvinism from one of India's foremost commentators.

    War Talk [Availability: Good]
    By ARUNDHATI ROY; South End Press; April 2003; 152 pages
    Quick Review: Roy takes on U.S.-led globalization and violence in her inimitable prose dripping with intellect and wit.

    The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder [Availability: Good]
    By GILBERT ACHCAR; Monthly Review Press; November 2002; 128 pages
    Quick Review: An excellent counter to Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations translated by Peter Drucker from the original in French.

    Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence [Availability: Good]
    By MARK JUERGENSMEYER; 3rd edition; University of California Press; September 2003; 319 pages
    Quick Review: Juergensmeyer's new book serves to remedy the undeserved neglect Sikh religious violence has received from the plethora of books on religious extremism published since 9/11. The author views these acts of violence as "forms of public performance rather than aspects of political strategy . . . symbolic statements aimed at providing a sense of empowerment to desperate communities."

    Biparan Kee Reet Ton Sachch Daa Maarag (Ten Volumes, not all published) [Availability: Fair]
    Quick Review: Kala Afghana has been at the center of considerable controversy for his no-nonsense critiques of the ritualism that has crept into Sikhism since its founding in 1469 by Guru Nanak.

    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization and High-Finance Fraudsters [Availability: Good]
    By GREG PALAST; Plume; February 25, 2003; 368 pages
    Quick Review: The title pretty much says it all. Palast's biggest achievement in this book is the thoroughness with which he convincingly documents how U.S. President George W. Bush illegally stole the presidential elections in 2000.

    Inside Terrorism [Availability: Good]*
    By BRUCE HOFFMAN; Columbia University Press; April 15, 1999; 288 pages
    Quick Review: One of the universally acknowledged authorities on the subject.

    No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century [Availability: Good]*
    By WALTER LAQUEUR; Continuum Publications Group; June 2003; 288 pages
    Quick Review: One of the West's leading scholars of terrorism.

    War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War With Iraq [Availability: Good]
    By MILAN RAI; Verso Books; November 2002; 230 pages
    Quick Review: Perhaps the most thorough and polished case against the illegal and widely unpopular U.S.-led assault on an Iraq already teetering under more than a decade of economic sanctions.

    Struggle For Justice: Speeches and Conversations of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale [Availability: 1]
    By RANBIR SINGH SANDHU; Sikh Educational & Religious Foundation; 1999; ~500 pages
    Quick Review: Reasonably well executed translations (from Punjabi to English) of forty-seven of Bhindranwale's speeches and conversations. Bhindranwale, a radical Sikh preacher propped up by India's ruling Congress party in the late 1970s to discredit the Akali Dal, was killed by the Indian army when it invaded the Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) in June 1984. The book also contains a useful seventy-page introductory essay by the author. This book is a treasure in part because it is the only document of its kind. Those who continue to believe the fallacies that Bhindranwale didn't advocate violent separatism or have political ambitions will find plenty of food for thought in Bhindranwale's very own speeches and interviews ably translated here. Sandhu is professor emeritus of civil engineering at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

    Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability [Availability: Good]
    By ATUL KOHLI; Cambridge University Press; May 1991; 436 pages
    Quick Review: 5 line diagrams. 23 tables. Bibliography. Index. Atul Kohli is the David K.E. Bruce Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University. Kohli analyzes political change in India from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.

    Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Models, Patterns, and Tools (The Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series) [Availability: Fair]*
    By ROBERT V. BINDER; Addison-Wesley; October 28, 1999; 1248 pages
    Quick Review: This comprehensive (1248 pages) book on testing includes test design patterns, testing strategies based on fault models, and competent advice on how to unit test effectively by targeting the peculiar defects that can arise out of inheritance, polymorphism, and other techniques unique to objects. "*[T]he* comprehensive reference on testing." -- Kent Beck, Test-Driven Development.

    Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles [Availability: Fair]
    Edited by VED MEHTA; Yale University Press; July 1993; 260 pages
    Quick Review: Nuggets of lesser-known trivia about Gandhi presented in flawless prose. Mehta, a staff writer for The New Yorker for a quarter of a century, neither deifies nor lambastes the mahatma (great soul). Instead, he chisels a most human profile of the man widely regarded as the originator of non-violent non-cooperation as a successful protest methodology even against the most formidable of opponents.

    Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code [Availability: Excellent]*
    Edited by MARTIN FOWLER; Addison-Wesley; June 28, 1999; 464 pages
    Quick Review: The refactoring concept fits perfectly with extreme programming (X.P.). X.P. (ready-fire-aim) recommends that developers get the solution coded and working A.S.A.P. (without big-up-front-design or analysis-paralysis) and then (shed your inhibitions; you won't really understand the problem until you've coded it) gradually improve on the design by refactoring the code. Very accessible. Contributions from Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, and Don Roberts. Uses a fragment of Java code to demonstrate refactoring. Contains a section on code "smells" that identify ugly code and a catalog of about 50 refactoring patterns, diagrammed using U.M.L. and documented per the template popularized by Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma et al. "The reference for refactoring. Get it. Study it. Use it." -- Kent Beck, Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change.

    Object-Oriented Software Construction [Availability: Fair]*
    By BERTRAND MEYER; Prentice Hall; March 21, 2000; 1296 pages
    Quick Review: The pioneering book that advanced the concept of design by contract wherein an object not only defines its interface but also defines preconditions and postconditions. Preconditions and postconditions define an object's before and after states respectively. Eiffel, a language invented by Meyer, implements design by contract via the requires (preconditions) and ensures (postconditions) clauses. Design by contract allows for the creation of self-testing and self-regulating classes or objects, thereby significantly extending development testing beyond what is afforded by unit testing alone.

    Congressman from India [Availability: Very Rare]
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    Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance [Availability: Good]
    Edited by MARTIN E. MARTY and R. SCOTT APPLEBY; University of Chicago Press; January 1993; 450 pages
    Quick Review: Contains Harjot Oberoi's essay, Sikh Fundamentalism: Translating History into Theory.

    Fundamentalisms Observed (The Fundamentalism Project, Vol. 1) [Availability: Good]
    Edited by MARTIN E. MARTY and R. SCOTT APPLEBY; University of Chicago Press; May 1994; 872 pages
    Quick Review: Contains T.N. Madan's essay, The Double-Edged Sword: Fundamentalism and the Sikh Religious Tradition.

    Martyrdom and Political Resistance: Essays from Asia and Europe [Availability: Fair]*
    Edited by JOYCE PETTIGREW; Amsterdam: Vu University Press; March 1997; 146 pages
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    Transmission of Sikh Heritage in the Diaspora [Availability: 7]
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    Guru Gobind Singh: A Biographical Study [Availability: 0]
    By J.S. GREWAL and S.S. BAL
    Quick Review: Widely regarded as the best biography of the tenth and final living Sikh Guru.

    The Goindval Pothis: The Earliest Extant Source of the Sikh Canon [Availability: Good]*
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    The Guru Granth Sahib: Canon, Meaning and Authority [Availability: Good]
    Quick Review: This book is based on Pashaura Singh's Ph.D. thesis, completed at the University of Toronto under the direction of W. Hew McLeod. The thesis generated some controversy and, it would appear, was subsequently disappeared from the University of Toronto library. Although the library's computer system confirms the volume as being available, The Sikh Times has been unable to locate the thesis at the library in order to verify claims that the book omits several of the thesis's controversial sections. Pashaura Singh has declined requests for a copy of the original thesis.

    Communist Movement In Punjab, 1926-47 [Availability: 1]*
    Edited by BHAGWAN JOSH
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    Quick Review: For 35 years, T&T has been a favorite genetics textbook for medical students.

    The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India [Availability: Good]*
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    Punjab in Indian Politics: Issues and Trends [Availability: Rare]*
    Edited by AMRIK SINGH
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    Stern Reckoning: A Survey of the Events Leading Upto and Following the Partition of India [Availability: 23]*
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    By RUCHI RAM SAHNI; Asian Educational Services: Delhi/Jullandur; 1922; 480 pages
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    By RUCHI RAM SAHNI; Amritsar; 1950s?; 266 pages
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    Encyclopaedia of Sikhism (4 Volumes) [Availability: Poor]
    Edited by HARBANS SINGH; Patiala: Punjabi University; 1995-1998; xx + 607 + 596 + 516 + xx + 570 pages
    Quick Review: "The best available reference work" - N.G. Barrier. However, while the coverage of the pre-1947 period is quite rigorous, the post-1947 coverage is rather slim. The editor has excluded living legends in a questionable effort to skirt controversy. As a result, the reader will search in vain for entries on such modern phenomena as Khushwant Singh, Gurmit Singh Aulakh, Milkha Singh, Bhagat Puran Singh, Capt. Manmohan Singh Kohli, Herb (Herbans) Singh Dhaliwal, Darshan Singh Ragi, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Parkash Singh Badal, Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora, Air Marshal Arjan Singh, Harbhajan Singh Yogi, Bishen Singh Bedi, W.H. McLeod, Tara Singh Hayer, and Jagjit Singh Chauhan. Also, the entries are predominantly personalities and rarely events. For example, there is no entry for Operation Bluestar, although it gets covered under other entries such as the one on Bhindranwale.

    Punjab Past & Present: Essays in Honour of Dr. Ganda Singh [Availability: 0]
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    The Nation's Tortured Body: Violence, Representation and the Formation of a Sikh "Diaspora" [Availability: Good]
    By BRIAN AXEL; Duke University Press; May 1, 2001; 297 pages
    Quick Review: W. Hew McLeod praises the book thus (South Asia): "This is a fascinating book. . . . [T]ruly attractive reading. . . . [A] delightful book to read." Gerald Barrier describes the book as (The Journal of Asian Studies): ". . . excellent . . . the numerous maps, pictures, and posters illustrating various points enhance its value . . ." Hugh Johnston says (American Historical Review): "[Axel's] book rewards a close reading."

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