The Story of Indian Business: The East India Company

  • by Tirthankar Roy
  • Narrated by Vikas Adam
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A first-time account of the East India Company from the perspective of Indian business history....
For over 200 years, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful mercantile firm in Britain and Asia. Set up to procure Asian goods for British consumers, the Company's business network spanned Persia, India, China, Indonesia, and North America. In the late 1700s, its career took a dramatic turn as the Company lost ground as a trading firm, but founded an empire in India. Why did a merchant firm end up being an empire builder? Why did politics mesh so closely with the conduct of business in this time?
This new account of the East India Company answers these questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business. The story fits together many pieces of a vast jigsaw puzzle, and shows how trading in India changed the Company and how the Company changed Indian business.


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As dull as dishwater

I have listened to several histories involving the British Raj and its precursor the East India Company so I was intrigued to hear a history of the Company from an Indian point of view. Unfortunately somehow the colourful history was blanded down to the colour of dust and ashes, the narrator spoke in a monotone and made the history monotonous.

I severe disappointment but luckily was only a few hours long. I did hear it to the end as I wanted to hear about the Mutiny but it was glossed over.

Not recommended except to prospective producers of talking books on how not to produce a book and how not to narrate.
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- Neil Chisholm ""fabric artist and quilter""

Super overview of the East India Company

This little book is an excellent overview of the 275 year existence of the first modern corporation. Anyone interested this topic will find this to be an excellent source. It contains many interesting dates, names and significant historical events. I also enjoyed the audio format because I would not how to pronounce the trough of Indian words, names and places that would naturally be contained in such a book.
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- Dr. Brian L. Carpenter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios