Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Courage Beyond Compare And The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link

Courage Beyond Compare: How Ten Athletes Overcame Disability and Adversity to Become Champions by Sanjay Sharma And Medini Sharma from Rupa & Co.

Sport,at every level,is about excelling. The most exciting and inspiring sports stories are the ones in which a sportsperson has overcome adverse circumstances and excelled at the highest levels. Cricketers who grew up playing in narrow by lanes,tennis players who used empty swimming pools to practice in,footballers who played barefoot because they could not afford shoes, the list is long and impressive. The stories in this book capture the never-say-die spirit of ten athletes who soared in sport despite their physical disability. These are stories that deserve to be told and I am glad that Sanjay Sharma and Medini Sharma have devoted an entire book to them.'-Salman Khan

The ten sports people profiled in courage beyond compare - champions in disciplines as diverse as athletics,long-distance swimming,badminton and cricket,who have brought glory to the country both in national and international arenas - overcame immense physical limitations to reach the pinnacle in their chosen fields.

Powerful and inspiring,these stories are heart-warming reminders that a strong mind,steely will and dogged determination almost always triumph over the limitations of the human body. At the same time,Courage beyond Compare brings into sobering focus how far India must still go to ensure an equitable society for the differently able,and how little it cares for the sports people who move heaven and earth for the glory of the nation.

Interesting facts

  • A selection of profiles of differently-able athletes,this title will do well in the 'inspirational' space.
  • The author wrote the acclaimed biography of Pullela Gopi Chand which has a fair amount of recall value.
  • The book will appeal to readers who are interested in sports and sport-writing.
  • Salman Khan,the actor,has blurbed the book and Sanjay Sharma will involve him in its launches well. That will grab us a lot of eyeballs.
  • The media will also be interested in the book,since the stories are inspiring and quite eye-opening.

In our General section, Rs. 295, in paperback, 280 pages, ISBN: 9788129131195

The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link by B. Z. Khasru from Rupa & Co.

On 15 August 1975, several junior officers of the Bangladesh Army stormed the residence of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, killing the nation’s founder and most of his family members. Contrary to popular myth that the violent putsch was orchestrated by those countries which had opposed the creation of Bangladesh, American declassified documents suggest that the assassination was the culmination of a home-grown plot, but the United States had advance knowledge of it.

In tracing the events leading up to the murders, The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link narrates the untold stories of two statesmen of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman, whose legacies continue to dominate Bangladeshi politics to this day. It documents the events that occurred between 1971 and 1977—beginning with coup perpetrators, Major Shariful Haque Dalim and Major Nur Chowdhury’s defection from Pakistan, to General Ziaur Rahman’s rise to power.

The book also details the events that took place in India during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, events which shaped the Bangladesh military which would eventually pit itself against the nation’s founding leaders. It also seeks answers to several vital questions: Did Mujib favor a confederation with Pakistan after Bangladesh’s independence? Why did he authorize the release of Pakistani war prisoners, reneging on his vow to put them on trial in Bangladesh?

What prompted Mujib to form a Communist-style political system, discarding his life-long crusade for parliamentary democracy? And, most importantly, did his one-party policy catapult the grisly putsch that shook the foundations of the fledged nation? Well-researched, insightful and illuminating, The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link is a decisive account of one of the most turbulent events in the political history of Bangladesh.

In our History section, Rs. 995, in paperback, 420 pages, ISBN: 9788129129086

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