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by Mike Dash

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ISBN:
1862076049
Author:
Mike Dash
Category:
World
Language:
English
Publisher:
Granta Books (April 30, 2005)
Pages:
356 pages
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4.3
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For my parents, who made so much possible. This book tells the story of the Thugs of India, from the earliest days described in their own oral histories to the final months of the last surviving members of their gangs.

For my parents, who made so much possible.

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The distance that they had to cover was not great – a little over 120 miles – and before the cold season had reached its end, the Company troops were picking their way across the drab landscape around Jhansee, making for Feringeea’s home village of Gorha.

Kevin Rushby enjoys Thug, Mike Dash's investigation into the gangs who preyed on. .This book ends with the disappearance of strangling from India's roads

Kevin Rushby enjoys Thug, Mike Dash's investigation into the gangs who preyed on travellers in 19th-century India. The thugs were monstrous devotees of an evil cult; Sleeman exterminated them. In the choppy waters between these rocks, Dash keeps a steady hand on the tiller. He establishes that murder by strangling was undeniably a feature of India's roads and deftly tells the story of how it came to British attention. This book ends with the disappearance of strangling from India's roads. Yet the influence of thuggee and the campaign against it did not end.

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India at the turn of the 19th century was a vast amalgam of tribes, fiefdoms, faiths, customs and practices. Recurring famine, crop diseases and finally the heavy tax burden imposed by the East India Company drove many to poverty and crime.

Mike Dash, one of our best popular historians, has devoted years to combing archives in both India and Britain to.

Mike Dash, one of our best popular historians, has devoted years to combing archives in both India and Britain to discover how the Thugs lived and worked.

Never in recorded history has there been a group of murderers as deadly as the Thugs. For nearly two centuries, groups of these lethal criminals haunted the roads of India, slaughtering travellers whom they met along the way with such efficiency that over the years tens of thousands of men, women and children simply vanished without trace.

Dash authored a series of books covering incidents in the history of the Dutch East India Company, the Netherlands, India under British rule, and New York during the Progressive . Thug: The True Story of India's Murderous Cult.

Dash authored a series of books covering incidents in the history of the Dutch East India Company, the Netherlands, India under British rule, and New York during the Progressive Era. Each focuses on a single event or series of events, among them the wreck of the East Indiaman Batavia, the Dutch tulip mania of 1634-1637, and the early years of the American Mafia. Crown Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-39522-1.

Never in recorded history has there been a group of murderers as deadly as the Thugs. For nearly two centuries, groups of these lethal criminals haunted the roads of India, slaughtering travellers whom they met along the way with such efficiency that over the years tens of thousands of men, women and children simply vanished without trace. Mike Dash, one of our best popular historians, has devoted years to combing archives in both India and Britain to discover how the Thugs lived and worked. Painstakingly researched and grippingly written. Thug tells, for the first time the full story of the Thugs' rise and fall from its beginnings in the late seventeenth century to its eventual demise at the hands of British officer William Sleeman, in 1840.
  • Envias
Interesting. I served in the Peace Corps in central India and this adds to the mystery of the times and places.
  • Buzalas
Fascinating book to read, especially if you are interested in the history of the British Empire in India. While "Thugs" is about the gang of assassins/thieves who roamed the roads of India, it also examines the social conditions that gave rise to them, the complex multi-culturalism of the day, even before the British and their 'White Man's Burden's came along, and various British efforts to subdue the cult. Although I'm not a professional historian, it seems that much of the source material is from primary records, so that, even while it is a good, fast read, it seems to be based on thorough research and fact-checking.
  • Kazimi
I have enjoyed Mike Dash's nonfiction books. "Borderlands" is my favorite, dealing as it does with paranormal-seeming phenomena such as spontaneous human combustion, but the others are also very interesting in shedding light on little-known historical incidents--or, as in "Thug," on history that we all thought we knew but turned out to be wrong about.
  • Gavigamand
Absolutely great writing. This books tells a fascinating story and holds your interest. It covers the British discovery and eventually suppression of the Thugee cults that terrorized India for centuries. Families or gangs from villages, or even from regions followed tradition and wandered far from home to commit inhuman crimes. They could befriend and rob the unwary traveler, and make a person, persons, or an entire caravan disappear from the face of the earth in a matter of minutes. Their chilling methods are described.
  • Nirad
I love books about obscure history and Mike Dash is excellent at finding out about these things. This book is based around the cult/religion of 'Thugee' and their (the Thugs - where we get the word from)years or decades of preying on travellers in India, the bizarre way in which they operated and killed their victims. Everyone has a specific task including expert inveiglers - not something you would see advertised at Job Club.

He has used the work of Sleeman a British Justice who worked tirelesly to uncover the hideous truth about these men and how he went about bringing an end to it. I found this utterly absorbing, very well written and very well balanced, not too much theorizing which has become a trait of latter day historians, all in all he lets the reader draw thier own concusions and points you to do so in an unobtrusive way. Not really one for the beach but it made the daily tube journey flash by.
  • Faehn
Dash is a good writer, did extensive research and its a fascinating subject. The only fault this book has is he goes overboard trying to debunk historical records from people who were there at the time these murders were occuring that there were religious overtones to the killings. Dash, like seemingly all modern academics, only sees economic motivations for everything that ever happened in all of history. Overall a very interesting book though.