Liberty or Death — India’s Journey to Independence and Division by Patrick French was recommended to me by Conrad and an offline friend of mine.
It is a good, well-balanced book. In fact, it is one of the few books on the history of the independence and partition of India not written by a Pakistani that is so positive about Jinnah. May be it is my latent patriotism, but I found its somewhat sympathetic portrayal of Jinnah and its harsh treatment of Mountbatten much closer to my understanding of the history than the picture painted in Freedom at Midnight.
Probably the one thing that distinguishes Patrick French’s work here is his use of the archival records from the intelligence services.
While I would recommend Liberty or Death highly to anyone who wants to read about the history of Indian/Pakistani independence, I do think that most of the books I have read on the topic focus too much on the 1940s and not as much as they should on the earlier decades of British rule in India.