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Salil Tripathi is a contributing editor at Mint and at Caravan in India. He chairs PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. Between 2009 and 2013, he was on the board of English PEN , where he co-chaired English PEN’s Writers-at-Risk Committee (with novelist Kamila Shamsie).
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Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
Katherine Eban - 2019-05-14
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019New York Public Library Best Books of 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Health and Science Books of 2019Science Friday Best Books of 2019 New postscript by the authorFrom an award-winning journalist, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-t...
Salil Tripathi
@Coexistwithdif1 @minicnair It is an awesome book, great investigation. @KatherineEban is terrific.      source
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The Vale of Tears
Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung - 2016-11-01
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An epic journey across borders, The Vale of Tears chronicles close to two years in the life of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung as he seeks an escape route from Nazi-occupied Europe. In this rare, near day-byday account, Rabbi Hirschprung illuminates what life was like for an Orthodox rabbi fleeing persecution, finding inspiration and hope in Jewish scrip...
Salil Tripathi
@jyotipunwani @AwakenedMuslim @kapskom @tavleen_singh Indeed, Jyoti - her book, the vale of tears, was masterly.      source
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The Great Hedge of India
Roy Moxham - 2017-08-01 (first published in 2001)
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This is the quest for a lost wonder of the world, in the author's words his 'ridiculous obsession', arose from the chance discovery of some dusty memoirs that told of a mighty hedge spanning the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth century.The hedge was set in place to allow the collection of the Salt Tax by British customs officers, Inspired by t...
Salil Tripathi
Here's a great book about it: and some years ago, at the british library, its author roy moxham, I, and a few others were in conversation about India.      source
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Meatless Days
Sara Suleri Goodyear - 1991-06-11 (first published in 1989)
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In this finely wrought memoir of life in postcolonial Pakistan, Suleri intertwines the violent history of Pakistan's independence with her own most intimate memories—of her Welsh mother; of her Pakistani father, prominent political journalist Z.A. Suleri; of her tenacious grandmother Dadi and five siblings; and of her own passage to the West."Nine ...
Salil Tripathi
Did you read a better memoir than Meatless Days? It feels like the end of the world to know that Sara Suleri is no more. What a book. What a woman. What a huge loss. RIP.      source
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Bloody Foreigners
The Story of Immigration to Britain
Robert Winder - 2013-05-30 (first published in 2004)
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The story of the way Britain has been settled and influenced by foreign people and ideas is as old as the land itself. In this original, important and inspiring book, Robert Winder tells of the remarkable migrations that have founded and defined a nation....
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@edanderson101 @Zehra_Zaidi Yes. Thanks. Robert's book opened my eyes, and I just reread my piece, and so much of this territory was revisited during the Brexit tragedy.      source
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East West Street
On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"
Philippe Sands - 2017-07-11 (first published in 2016)
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Winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for NonfictionA profound and profoundly important book--a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich.East West Street...
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@GitaSahgal @UNSRCulture @feministdissent Yes, found it when I searched Atlantic and Lemkin - I have been on the streets of Lviv, which @philippesands writes about in his magnificent book on genocide/CAH.      source
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The Return of Race Science
Angela Saini - 2020-05-05 (first published in 2019)
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2019 Best-Of Lists: 10 Best Science Books of the Year (Smithsonian Magazine) - Best Science Books of the Year (NPR's Science Friday) - Best Science and Technology Books from 2019" (Library Journal) An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences.Superior tells the disturbing story of the persisten...
Salil Tripathi
@AkarshNalawade @CafeEconomics @sudarshanr108 @IGuruPrakash Yes I've read angela saini. Both her books are outstanding.      source
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Sunny Days
Sunil Gavaskar - 1976-01-01 (first published in 1977)
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Sunny Days is the fascinating record of the growth of India's greatest batsman; one whose astonishing feats on the cricket field have had innumerable records rewritten, and yet more difficult targets set.How did Sunil Manohar Gavaskar begin and what were the early days like? It is not merely out of curiosity that one may ask the question; the knowl...
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@El_Chopernos I'm a fan of Sunny Days, though - the other books were meh.      source
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The Invention of India
Shashi Tharoor - 2018-11-28 (first published in 2003)
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Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express....
Salil Tripathi
@Vivek_Iyer_ @ghazalawahab @Aakar__Patel Judith Brown I also liked Tharoor's - I haven't read Frank Moraes's book but would be curious: Rudrangshu Mukherjee's parallel bio of Nehru and Bose was good      source
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Nehru and Bose
Parallel Lives
Rudrangshu Mukherjee - 2015-09-01 (first published in 2014)
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Salil Tripathi
@Vivek_Iyer_ @ghazalawahab @Aakar__Patel Judith Brown I also liked Tharoor's - I haven't read Frank Moraes's book but would be curious: Rudrangshu Mukherjee's parallel bio of Nehru and Bose was good      source
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Insurgent Empire
Priyamvada Gopal - 2020-05-19
Inferior by Angela Saini
The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman
Nehru by Judith M. Brown
Hitler's Priestess by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke