Kim A. Wagner – Amritsar 1919


A powerful reassessment of a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire – the Amritsar Massacre – to mark its 100th anniversary

The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear. Situating the massacre within the “deep” context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.

Author: Kim A. Wagner
Narrator: Neil Shah
Duration: 13 hours 6 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2011
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

slop unquestioned

Born and brought up in India, I had heard/read/seen a lot about the massacre and thought I knew everything there was to know. I picked up this book in a spur of the moment and I did not regret. It starts out slow but is very thorough in its presentation. Listening to this book made me realize how little I really knew and had no idea about the thinking of the British, other than their relentless brutality. Covered in the book is the British mindset at the time — of government officials and British civilians in India. There is no justification for the massacre, just their perspective.

I would highly recommend the book. There are several Hindi/Urdu words and phrases throughout the book and most of the time they are translated but not always. Neil Shah’s narration was good. I was amazed that he employed, and pulled off. different voices/accents for all characters in the book. Don’t think I have ever come across such broad coverage by a narrator. Having said that, Neil Shah’s enunciation of Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu was mediocre at best.