Top 10 bestsellers India History Books

Nonfiction History

Nonfiction is fact-based and intended to present true events and information as accurately as possible. Fiction, on another hand, refers to characterisations that are withdrawn from the imagination.

Nonfiction books focus on what is authentic and real in the world. While narrative nonfiction is presented as a story versus expository nonfiction is more explanatory, both are still devoted to informing readers of the facts.

1. Why I am an Atheist and Other Works

By Bhagat Singh

Why I am an Atheist and Other Works


Bhagat Singh is a name that became synonymous with revolution in India’s struggle for independence. This young boy brought about a change in the way people thought about freedom. He was well-read and fought extensively for rights – his own, his comrades’ and his countrymen’s. A discussion with a friend soon turned into a matter of self-assessment for Bhagat Singh, leading to a discourse on why he chose to be an atheist. Even in the face of death at a very young age, his uncanny observation leads to his putting forth some pertinent questions.

On another occasion, he was disappointed with his father’s plea in Court for his innocence and chose to write a letter to him. This book is a collection of eighteen of his valued writings from within the walls of the prison and outside it, which show us the resolve in his words, and the bravery in his acts subsequently.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Srishti Publishers & Distributors (11 November 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9387022811
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9387022812
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 140 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #172 in Books

2. India’s Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947

By Bipan Chandra

India's Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947


India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra is your go-to book for an in-depth and detailed overview of the Indian independence movement. Indian freedom struggle is one of the most important parts of its history. A lot has been written and said about it, but they still remain a gap. Rarely do we get to hear accounts of the independence from the entire country and not just one region in one place. This book fits in perfectly in this gap and also provides a narration of the impact this movement had on the people. Bipin Chandra’s book is a well-documented history of India’s freedom struggle against British rule.

It is one of the most accurate books which have been painstakingly written after thorough research based on legal and valid verbal and written sources. It maps the first war of independence that started with Mangal Pandey’s mutiny and witnessed the gallant effort of Sri Rani Laxmi Bai. Many of the pages of this book are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation and the civil disobedience movements. It contains a detailed description of Subash Chandra Bose’s weapon-heavy tactics and charisma. This book includes all the independence movements and fights, irrespective of their size and impact, covering India in its entirety. Although these movements varied in means and ideas, they shared a common goal of independence. This book contains oral and written narratives from different parts of the country, making this book historically rich and diverse.

The book captures the evolution of the Indian independence struggle in full detail and leaves no chapter of this story untouched. This book is easily available online and you can purchase it at A now About the author Bipin Chandra was one of the most respected historians of our times. Between 2004 and 2012, he was the chairman of the National Book Trust. The economic and political history of India was his area of specialization. He was also one of the leading authorities on Mahatma Gandhi. The author also remained the General President of the National History Congress in 1985. He was a professor at JNU, New Delhi and also taught at Hindu College. Some of his other works included The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0140107819
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Random House India; 1st edition (9 August 2016); Penguin India
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 600 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780140107814
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0140107814
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 493 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.81 x 21.59 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #219 in Books

3. Ambedkar’s India

By B.R.Ambedkar

Ambedkar's India


The best nonfiction book “AMBEDKAR’S INDIA” is a collection of three of B.R. Ambedkar’s most prominent speeches on caste and the Indian Constitution. “In the fight for Swaraj, you fight with the whole nation on your side. In fighting the caste system, you stand against the whole nation – and that too, your own.” “Annihilation of Caste” is one of Ambedkar’s best works in putting together how caste as a system has been eating up the roots of a rich cultural melting pot like India.

“Bhakti in religion could lead to salvation. But in politics, Bhakti is a sure road to eventual dictatorship.” “The Grammar of Anarchy” reflects Ambedkar’s ideas on how we need to pave the way for Independent India. It reflects his deep love and aspirations for India and its people. “…the sub-divisions [of caste] have lost the open-door character of the class system, and have become self-enclosed units called castes.” “Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development” is an in-depth study of how classes became castes and sub-castes to dot the Indian social system. This powerful narrative is a radical eye-opener.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Srishti Publishers & Distributors (28 June 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9387022897
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9387022898
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 120 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.85 x 0.84 x 19.84 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
  • Best Sellers Rank: #571 in Books

4. The Discovery of India

By Jawaharlal Nehru

The Discovery of India


Nonfiction “Jawaharlal Nehru,” wrote the book – The Discovery of India -, during his imprisonment at Ahmednagar fort for participating in the Quit India Movement (1942 – 1946). The book was written during Nehru’s four years of confinement to solitude in prison and is his way of paying homage to his beloved country and its rich culture.
The book started with ancient history, Nehru wrote at length of Vedas, Upanishads and textbooks on ancient times and ended during the British raj.
The book is a broad view of Indian history, culture and philosophy, the same can also be seen in the television series.
The book is considered one of the finest writing in Indian History. The television series Bharat Ek Khoj which was released in 1988 was based on this book. About the author: Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. He was a freedom fighter and a central figure before and after independence. He was against caste discrimination and establishes secular India. Apart from this, very few of us knew that Jawaharlal Nehru was a prolific writer as well. He had written various books such as The Discovery of India, Glimpses of World History and his autobiography, Toward Freedom. Besides, Nehru was honoured with Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1955.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin India; New edition (1 February 2008); Penguin India
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 656 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143031031
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143031031
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 710 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.6 x 4.8 x 16.1 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,112 in Books

5. India’s Ancient Past

By R.S. Sharma

India's Ancient Past


Reading Nonfiction books is a kind of enjoyment. Reading books is a good habit. We bring you different kinds of books. You can carry this book where ever you want. It is easy to carry. It can be an ideal gift to yourself and to your loved ones. Care instructions keep away from fire.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 019568785X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford; Edition (20 October 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 387 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780195687859
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0195687859
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 472 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.08 x 2.54 x 13.72 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,139 in Books

6. The Vortex

By Scott Carney

The Vortex


The deadliest storm in modern history ripped Pakistan in two and led the world to the brink of nuclear war when American and Soviet forces converged in the Bay of Bengal.

In November 1970, a storm set a collision course with the most densely populated coastline on Earth. Over the course of just a few hours, the Great Bhola Cyclone killed 500,000 people and began a chain reaction of turmoil, genocide and war. The Vortex is the dramatic story of how that storm sparked a country into revolution.

Bhola made landfall during a fragile time when Pakistan was on the brink of a historic election. The fallout ignited a conflagration of political intrigue, corruption, violence, idealism and bravery, which played out in the lives of tens of millions of Bangladeshis. Authors Scott Carney and Jason Miklian take us deep into the story of the cyclone and its aftermath, told through the eyes of the men and women who lived through it, including the infamous president of Pakistan, General Yahya Khan, and his close friend, the President of the United States Richard Nixon, American ex-pats Jon and Candy Rhode, soccer star-turned-soldier Hafiz Uddin Ahmad and a young Bengali revolutionary, Mohammed Hai.

Thrillingly paced and written in nonfiction incredible detail, The Vortex is not just a story about the painful birth of a new nation but it is nonfiction and also a universal tale of resilience and liberation in the face of climate emergency, which affects every single person on the planet.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins India (20 June 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9394407707
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9394407701
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 500 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,299 in Books

7. Ancient India

By Upinder Singh

Ancient India


A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India’ is a great book written by Upinder Singh, A great historian. ‘A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India’ is the most complete textbook yet for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The book describes the original sources such as ancient texts, artefacts, inscriptions and coins. You will find an excellent illustration of how historians compare history on their basis.

It conveys the clear and balanced clarification of ideas and historical debates enabling students to separately evaluate evidence, arguments and theories. This classic allows the booklover to imagine and appreciate the rich and diverse relics of India’s ancient past, transforming the method of discovering that past into a thrilling experience. About the author: Upinder Singh is a renowned professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She worked faculty of the Department of History at the University. From 1981 until 2004 she taught history at St. Stephen s College, Delhi. Nonfiction Books.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 8131716775
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pearson Education India; 0 edition (1 January 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 704 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9788131716779
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8131716779
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 200 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,159 in Books

8. Land of the Seven Rivers

By Sanjeev Sanyal

Land of the Seven Rivers


‘Land of Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography’ is regarded as a fascinating read, the main motive of which is to acquaint the readers with the fascinating geography of the country. It is also a curious read on how several facts and stories, which make an intrinsic part of India’s history, actually came into the vicinity. While explaining these, the book also questions several incidents that are thought to be a major part of India’s history, like why did Buddha choose Sarnath as the site for his first sermon and how the Europeans exactly map our country.

The brilliance of the book lies in the fact that it tries to answer many questions about Indian History from the point of view of the country’s geography, by studying its various ancient cities, rivers, mountains and hills. An avid traveller, Sanyal has travelled to numerous archaeological sites, crossed numerous rivers and gained in-depth knowledge by reading ancient manuscripts, all with the aim to help the readers gain a good hold of the geography of India. The reprint edition of the book was published in 2013 by Penguin Publishers and is available in paperback. About the author: The Global Strategist for one of the leading banks of the world, Sanjeev Sanyal is also an important writer, whose other famous book is ‘The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise After A Thousand Years of Decline’. In 2010, he was named the Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Nonfiction books.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin India; Reprint edition (1 July 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 331 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143420933
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143420934
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 249 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 2.29 x 20.32 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #2,504 in Books

9. The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple

By William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple


About The BookIt is 7th November 1862, Rangoon. A shrouded corpse is escorted by a motley crew of British soldiers. A nondescript grave is ready inside the prison premises. The British officer in charge insists that no one is able to locate the last resting place of Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mogul emperor. Zafar, in his lifetime, was a skilled calligrapher and a talented poet. While Zafar’s more illustrious ancestors controlled most of the Indian subcontinent, he was an emperor only in name. Denied any political powers by East India Company, Zafar succeeded in forging a court of brilliance and presided over what was perhaps one of the greatest cultural renaissances in the world.

Exploring the fall of the Mughal Empire, author William Dalrymple in The Last Mughal, uses new sources to pen to expound on that stage of Indian history. Zafar ascended Delhi’s throne when the Mughal Empire was already in steep decline. As the years passed, the British progressively usurped his power. A reluctant Zafar was declared the king of India in May 1857 when the sepoy mutiny broke out.

He had no power to resist it and knew that the event was doomed even before it officially started. Four months later, the British captured Delhi resulting in disastrous consequences. The city was left in ruins. With an unmatched account of Indian and British, The Last Mughal is a revelatory account of one of history’s bloodiest upheavals. The book is available in paperback in its first edition and was published in May 2007. Key Features The book is the winner of the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize and the Vodafone Crossword Book Award, both in 2007. Dalrymple conducted research on the book along with eminent Urdu scholar Mahmood Farooqui. Nonfiction books.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin India (4 May 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 578 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143102435
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143102434
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 470 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.7 x 4.4 x 13.4 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,979 in Books

10. Kakori

By Prachi Garg



In the 1920s, a group of young revolutionaries under the leadership of Ram Prasad Bismil, took matters into their own hands to achieve freedom from the tyrannical rule of the British.
Bismil and his team set the stage for a defining moment in the Indian freedom struggle by executing the audacious Kakori robbery. This was a direct attack on the British government after a long time, and it rattled them.
Revisit the robbery from the eyes of Bismil as he narrates the tale of bravery, patriotism and brotherhood.
KAKORI is an intensely-researched, comprehensive account of this historical episode, filled with hard-hitting facts and startling insights. Nonfiction book.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Srishti Publishers & Distributors
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 939044134X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9390441341
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 185 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Net Quantity ‏ : ‎ 1 Piece
  • Packer ‏ : ‎ Srishti Publishers & Distributors
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Books
  • Best Sellers Rank: #4,177 in Books

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