Overrated: The Anarchy. The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, by William Dalrymple
‘A timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power,’ the apparent selling point of this much-reviewed book, raises the interesting question of what makes for a successful book these days. Dalrymple’s latest is published by Bloomsbury at a very reasonable price, which betokens the pricing economics of confidence, advertising, and a large print run. The book has been extensively and largely favourably reviewed, has been selected as a book of the year, and will clearly be much cited.
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