The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia

29 June 2018
New book by Srinath Raghavan

Srinath Raghavan’s new book The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia will be launched on 3 July, 2018. In the run-up, listen to the CPR podcast (above) with Raghavan providing a preview to his book.

The book presents a gripping account of America's political and strategic, economic and cultural presence in South Asia since 1776. By illuminating the patterns of the past, this sweeping history also throws light on the challenges of the future.

Read book reviews, which have appeared thus far:

  • Open Magazine: ‘Srinath Raghavan's treatment is sure footed and his narrative animates the interplay of personalities, interests and power, as US presidencies rub up against Indian and Pakistan leaders.’
  • India Today: ‘This is one of the best histories of US engagement with South Asia offering a more nuanced and coherent perspective. Raghavan has burnished his reputation as India's leading contemporary historian and political analyst.’
  • The Print: ‘Raghavan’s broad and detailed swathe of the US-South Asia relationship beautifully brings out this inherent contradiction in the heart of US policy.’
  • The Indian Express: ‘It is a definitive account, and the sheer scope and expanse of coverage sets the book apart from all earlier efforts on US and South Asia.’
  • The Hindu: ‘…it is a wonder that Raghavan has been able to encompass so much history across the expanse of the subcontinent in under 400 pages and few details miss his archive-trained eyes.’
  • Outlook: ‘Raghavan’s mastery has been in bringing together a vast trove of material to write this eminently readable history of the US in South Asia.’
  • Financial Express: ‘Raghavan is to be commended for the rich temporal tapestry he has woven and it is a complex yet rewarding trapeze. His nimble pen points to stimulating linkages.’

Additionally, read book excerpts in Hindustan Times, Quartz, Scroll and DailyO, as well as an interview in Live Mint.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.