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As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues.
Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South Asia bureau chief Edward Luce travels throughout India's many regions, cultures, and religious circles, investigating its fragile balance between tradition and modernity. From meetings with key political figures to fascinating encounters with religious pundits, economic gurus, and village laborers, In Spite of the Gods is a fascinating blend of analysis and reportage that comprehensively depicts the nuances of India's complex situation and its place in the world.
“Superb. . . . The blend of anecdote, history, and economic analysis makes In Spite of the Gods an endlessly fascinating, highly pleasurable way to catch up on a very big story.” —William Grimes, The New York Times
“Sophisticated and sympathetic. . . . Richly evocative. . . . Engaging. . . . [Luce’s] sharp-witted prose brings today's India to life with insight and irreverence.” —The Washington Post
“[Luce’s] research is formidable. . . . [In Spite of the Gods] is stunning in its breadth.” —The New Yorker
“Indispensable. . . . [Luce] is a keen observer.” —The Wall Street Journal