-- "Blighted by Empire: What the British Did to India," by Omer Aziz reviewing "Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India," by Shashi Tharoor, in the LA Review of Books: "Before the British occupation, India was a culturally and economically prosperous civilization. According to economist Angus Maddison, in the 18th century India accounted for 23 percent of the world's GDP, a percentage greater than all of Europe combined. By the time the British packed up their things and sailed home in 1947, that number had fallen to under three percent". LARB... $20.14 on Amazon (h/t TheBrowser.com)