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An Idea Between the Covers

Sudeep Paul

America was the New Jerusalem. It is still the Promised Land. That is not a complete picture but it is how the America we know began. From Henry James’ wilderness with ‘nothing’ in it, the US quickly grew to lead the world, economically, militarily and intellectually. A big country, a lot of things have happened in its brief timeline, and everything has mattered. Below is a list of 10 books, fiction and non-fiction, that span most of the country’s history as the ‘United’ States of America and explain how it was made—and continues to be remade

The Philosopher Who Would Be King

It is hard not to think that India would have been a very different country under Dara Shukoh

Hastinapur Calling

Our collective memory should not come in the way of history

An Age of Upheaval and Liberation

A return to the turbulent 1960s at the beginning of a new decade

A History of Forking Paths

The countdown to the post-post-World War II age has begun

A Magical Mystery Tour of Rome

The many myths of the historical Italian capital

A Courtesan’s Tale

A journalistic exercise on tawaifs, which also provides a history of sexuality, secularism and ‘propriety’ in India

Men who Ruled Rome

A fascinating history from Augustus to Constantine

A New Nepal Terracotta Tablet Predates Mahabharata to Harappa Culture

The terracotta plaque represents Krishna and Arjuna in the epic battle

The Malabar Angle

A singular fight against the Empire

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