Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor

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Little, Brown Book Group, Feb 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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India's lost emperor Ashoka Maurya has a special place in history. In his quest to govern India by moral force alone he turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion, and set up a new yardstick for government. But Ashoka's bold experiment ended in tragedy and he was forgotten for almost two thousand years.

In this beautifully written, multi-layered journey Charles Allen describes how fragments of the Ashokan story were gradually discovered, pieced together by a variety of British Orientalists: antiquarians, archaeologists and epigraphists. In doing so, they did much to recover India's ancient history itself. The Lost Emperor tells the story of the man who was arguably the greatest ruler India has ever known.

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Review: Ashoka: India's Lost Emperor

User Review  - Srikkanth - Goodreads

I picked this book to understand about Ashoka and the factors that influenced him to change. The book is not a clear cut biography but a scholarly study on how Ashoka was discovered, the people behind ... Read full review

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User Review  - ickman - Goodreads

The author tries to put his views on the Historical facts without tampering it. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about India and the colonial experience elsewhere. He is a traveller, historian and master storyteller.

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