Summary of In Spite of the Gods
Copyright © 2007 by Edward Luce
Published by arrangement with Broadway, part of The Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
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getAbstract recommends this excellent, well-written work of reportage on India. Edward Luce provides a colorful, striking picture of the country and its unconventional path to development. Within the past several years, numerous books have been published about so-called “Chindia,” the phenomenon of the economic emergence of the two most populous nations on earth. Luce makes it very clear that categorizing India with any other place, including the ever-intriguing China, is probably analytical and intellectual sloth. India presents such overwhelming, bewildering complexity that onlookers must take it on its own unique terms.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why India is an ongoing panoply of contradictions;
- How India has managed to develop politically and economically almost despite itself; and
- What the nation’s future may hold.
About the Author
Edward Luce, Washington bureau chief for The Financial Times, was its South Asia bureau chief from 2000 to 2006. From 1999 to 2000, he was a Clinton-administration speechwriter.