The Billionaire Raj: A Journey through India's New Gilded Age
by James Crabtree
Category: Political Science
- "The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age". Probably my favorite non-fiction book of the year. Helped me rediscover modern India. *The* book to understand the country in 2018. https://t.co/VhshVNRm6zLink to Tweet
Over the past two decades India has grown at an unprecedented rate. Yet while the 'Bollygarchs' revel in new riches, millions still languish in their shadows, trapped in the teeming slums of the country's megacities. From the sky terrace of the world's most expensive home to mass political rallies in the streets, James Crabtree documents the struggle between equality and privilege playing out at the heart of this emerging superpower. Against a combustible backdrop of aspiration, class and caste, reformers fight for change while fugitive tycoons and shadowy political power brokers struggle to remain hidden and out of reach. The Billionaire Raj is a vivid portrait of a divided democracy whose future will shape the world.