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Books about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Here's to the man who kept his promises. He asked, "Give Me Blood, and I will give You Freedom," and will always be remembered for his defiant patriotism towards our nation and for the fights he fought to ensure the security we Indians enjoy today.

On his birth anniversary, we introduce books that will bring you even closer to one of India's most significant inspirational figures and freedom fighters, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. 


1. Subhash Chandra Bose: The Springing Tiger by Hugh Toye

The Springing Tiger

Hugh Toye's book about Subhas Chandra Bose considers three essential topics - World War 2 and Subhas Chandra Bose's intentions to lead India to its freedom from the British European-Asian relations and leadership in India after its independence. If you are a person with specificity, you would love that this book pays attention to the historical details and the statistics. You can find the book here.

2. India's Biggest Cover-Up
by Anuj Dhar

India's Biggest Cover-Up

One of the most popular books you could ever get your hands on, speaking of Subhas Chandra Bose! This one discusses the mysterious death of Neta Ji and investigates, taking in every detail of the case that was stranger than any fiction. This book does not only just highlight what happened with Bose but also highlights a lot of deep-rooted knowledge about the political as well as social ecosystem of India. 

If you like true crime murder mysteries, this book would be an excellent fit for you to read. It will also encourage you to make your own theories about the case and opinions about India's politics. You can find the book here.

3. An Indian Pilgrim: An Unfinished Autobiography by Subhash Chandra Bose

An Indian Pilgrim

Honestly, this list would be incomplete without the inclusion of this autobiography. In his book, Neta Ji has discussed his childhood days and memories, his life at Cambridge University. So this book does not merely show you what all happened in Subhas Chandra Bose's life chronologically like any other book would, but in fact, offers you the world as Bose would have seen it, making his ideas clear up in your head. You can find the book here.

4. The Indian Struggle 1920-1942 by Subhash Chandra Bose

The Indian Struggle 1920-1942

If you want to pick up a book about the Indian struggle against the British, then this would be a perfect read, one reason being that it was written by one of the most active politicians of the battle himself. So it gives a genuine, authentic account of the events and his perception of Gandhian works and ideas. You can find the book here.

5. Letters To Emilie Schenkl 1934-1942

Letters To Emilie Schenkl 1934-1942

Many people know many things about Subhas Chandra Bose, but one of the least known things about him was that he was married to an Austrian woman named Emilie Schenkl and how he would write letters to her. They met in Vienna when he was forcibly exiled to Europe. They later had a daughter who they named Anita. This collection contains letters written to his wife and some of her responses. You can find the book here.

6. Laid to Rest: The Controversy Over Subhas Chandra Bose's Death by Ashis Ray

Laid to Rest

Here's another interpretation about the controversy behind Bose's mysterious death. It compiles together shreds of evidence, eye-witnesses, and other hotly debated theories about the case, along with the aftermath of what happened with him and how his ashes were taken to Japan. It also gives a detailed account of his overall life and relations. You can find the book here.

7. Bose: The Untold Story of an Inconvenient Nationalist by Chandrachur Ghose

Bose: The Untold Story

If you like reading books about controversies, this one will undoubtedly grab you by the collar. It does not speak of Subhas Chandra Bose's widely known but, in fact, introduces new information about him, like his ideologies and intentions towards Nazism and whether he was a Nazi sympathizer. It also talks about his relations with women and his doctrines on the political landscapes. You can find the book here.

8. His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle Against Empire by Sugata Bose

His Majesty's Opponent

Sugata Bose creatively seeks to compile and analyze the most controversial nationalists of India, tracing his history in Cambridge and in Calcutta as well as what pushed him to the cusp of uniting all the differences of such a diverse nation into one united one to fight the British. The book is well researched and elaborates on each point with evidence. You can find the book here.

9. Subhas Chandra Bose A Biography by Kaushal Goyal

Subhas Chandra Bose A Biography

If you are willing to read a book that throws more light on his works and efforts on the political front, especially during the Second World War or the Azad Hind Fauj; along with India's freedom struggle and how he contributed so much from his life and how it all inspired and affected his personal life, then pick this one. You can find the book here.

10. Subhas Chandra Bose - A Biography by Ileen Bear

Subhas Chandra Bose Ileen Bear

This book offers a more healthy idea about Bose's life before the Indian struggle, especially his time in Calcutta, his childhood, with the usual emphasis on how he and Gandhi came together to join hands with the Japanese to make the Indian National Army. You can find the book here.

11. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: Feared Even in Captivity by Santanu Banerjee

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: Feared Even in Captivity

You should totally get your hands on this book if you want to know the lesser-known facts about the history of the Indian struggle during its time of colonialism and about Subhas Chandra Bose's contributions towards it. It talks about the time after the Second World War when the Soviet Union tried to take absolute advantage of Bose's captivity to spark fear in the capitalist minds of the British and America. 

This book also offers to uncover the lid kept on the various mysterious theories of the fake air crash that led to Neta Ji's death and includes other controversial topics. The book consists of well-researched topics taken up from documents and exclusive interviews. You can find the book here.

12. Netaji in Europe by Jan Kuhlmann

Netaji in Europe

If you want to read more detailed background information about Neta Ji's time in exile when he was escaped in disguise from British surveillance in Calcutta to Kabul, you should totally keep your hands on this book. 

This book talks about his establishment with the German and the axis powers and how that led to a new radio station. In addition, this book talks about how Neta Ji was inspired by Machiavelli and played public favor with a new radio station, working it all out. You can find the book here.


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