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Review The first serious biography of Savarkar in English, this book allows us to understand a man whose ideas have come to define contemporary India. -- Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford A gripping narrative . . . We get a rich portrait of Savarkar as a poet and writer as well as a political activist and theorist -- Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University Vikram Sampath has written the finest biography . . . This will restore the right balance to the story of one of the revolutionaries of modern India. -- Meghnad Desai, Eminent author and columnist, Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics Read it, not just to understand Savarkar, but also to understand the emergence of modern India. -- Sanjeev Sanyal, Best-selling author & Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India Vikram's writing skills and his penchant for description, especially of the inhuman torture that the prisoners had to undergo . . . make the text both heart-wrenching as also very readable -- Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya Vikram Sampath's brilliant biography demystifies the man, the thinker and the leader. Far from being a hagiography, the book is essential reading for all those interested in contemporary India and the rise of Hindutva -- Amitabh Mattoo, Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University Vikram Sampath has done extraordinary research into Savarkar's life and history -- T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education About the Author Vikram Sampath is a historian and political commentator and the author of Splendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars; My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician and Voice of the Veena: S. Balachander, a Biography.
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