Top 10 Jawaharlal Nehru Books Of All Time

Jawaharlal Nehru, often referred to as the architect of India, was a freedom fighter, the first Prime Minister of India and the central figure of politics before and after India’s independence. Educated in England, Nehru was a prominent writer who wrote prolific English books. Some of the most famous ones include his autobiography and letter to her daughter. Nehru’s writing material is a reflection of truly ‘classic’. He writes with simplicity and meaning.

In 1955, Nehru was also presented with the Bharat Ratna Award, India’s highest civilian honour.

Jawaharlal Nehru Books



Glimpses Of World History



The Discovery Of India



Letters From A Father To His Daughter



An Autobiography: Toward Freedom



Letters For A Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru To His Chief Ministers 1947-1963



A Bunch Of Old Letters



Nehru’s India: Select Speeches



Before Freedom



The Essential Writings Of Jawaharlal Nehru



Words Of Freedom: Ideas Of A Nation



1. Letters From A Father To His Daughter

Letters From a Father to His Daughter is a series of 30 letters that Nehru wrote for his ten-year-old daughter when she was away in Mussoorie while he was in Allahbad. These educational pieces written in 1928 were based on subjects of natural and human history. The book depicts Nehru’s love for people and nature and remains fresh even today.

Year Of Publication: 1929

Price: Rs.236

2. An Autobiography: Toward Freedom

Written during imprisonment, An Autobiography spans the life of the legendary leader, Jawaharlal Nehru. The book describes the pre-independence era in India while simultaneously painting a vivid picture of how Nehru ended up taking the path of politics and civil disobedience. It also talks about Nehru’s ancestral history and childhood. This memoir promises to be more than just a personal document.

Year Of Publication: 1936

Price: Rs.315

3. Glimpses Of World History

Glimpses of World History is a collection of 196 letters written on world history by several prisoner’s in British India during 1930 and 1933. Nehru had compiled these together for her young daughter Indira to introduce her to the world of history. The letters start with Nehru exhibiting his sadness for not being able to be around her daughter and unlike other parents who could afford materialistic gifts, he wanted to give his daughter something more precious, his words from the heart. The panoramic sweep and gripping narrative flow of this book will keep you engaged till the end.

Year Of Publication: 1942

Price: Rs.646

4. The Discovery Of India

Considered as one of the finest writings in the Indian history, The Discovery of India is an honour paid to the rich cultural heritage of the country, its history and philosophy. Nehru wrote this book during his imprisonment at Ahmednagar from 1942 till 1946 by the British. The book stars with India’s ancient history and ends with the time of British Raj. It was also adapted for television in 1988.

Year Of Publication: 1946

Price: Rs.350

5. A Bunch Of Old Letters

A Bunch of Letters is a compilation of letters written by some of the leading figures between 1917 and 1948 to Jawaharlal Nehru. Most of these letters were written by personalities who were closely involved in the freedom struggle including Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and more. The book vividly captures the spirit of India, its rise from terrible times and the vision of an inspired new nationalism.

Year Of Publication: 1958

Price: Rs.6185

6. Before Freedom

Before Freedom: Nehru’s Letters to his Sister 1909-1947 features the correspondence between the greatest leader of all time and his sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. The book holds various letters and family photographs that give the reader an insight into Nehru’s thoughts and personal life.

Year Of Publication: 2000

Price: Rs.1990

7. The Essential Writings Of Jawaharlal Nehru

The anthology of Nehru’s writings edited by S. Gopal is a selection of his comprehensive speeches and writings. The compilation indicates the ideologies of Nehru’s mind, the evolution of his vision and personality and portrays a picture of the enormous range of interests he had. The book is available in two volumes.

Year Of Publication: 2003

Price: Rs.10199

8. Nehru’s India: Select Speeches

Written with an introduction by Mushirul Hasan, Nehru’s India: Select Speeches is an important collection of Jawaharlal Nehru’s twenty-one speeches. These form the development of Nehru’s vision for free India and the execution of the same. His ideologies, role and position in the Indian politics are of great relevance in our country even today.

Year Of Publication: 2007

Price: Rs.3638

9. Words Of Freedom: Ideas Of A Nation

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Indian Republic, Words of Freedom was compiled to form a series of speeches and writings of fourteen visionary leaders. The book discusses their struggles for India’s independence and the revolutionary thoughts, ideas and actions that shaped the Republic of India as we know it today.

Year Of Publication: 2010

Price: Rs.104

10. Letters For A Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru To His Chief Ministers 1947-1963

Two months after becoming the Prime Minister of independent India, Nehru wrote his first fortnightly letter to the heads of the country’s provincial governments. He made it a tradition until his last letter written two months before his death. The book carefully selects 400 such letters to cover a range of subjects including citizenship, war and peace, law and order, national planning, governance and corruption and India’s place in the world. Wise and reflective, this book is a testament to Nehru’s vision.

Year Of Publication: 2014

Price: Rs.300

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