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Pantheon
Sam Bourne | Harper | Rs 325

It may make you shudder or may not. It is no secret for e.g., that India’s caste and jati system is geared towards perpetuating ‘pure races’. In 1940s Europe and America, the idea found its support not only among Nazis who spoke of the Aryan race but also among the progressive intellectual elite that included George Bernard Shaw, HG Wells, John Maynard Keynes and Virginia Woolf. As Shaw wrote, “the only fundamental and possible socialism is the socialisation of the selective breeding of man.” Bourne takes this fact and spins a propelling thriller that questions the moral decrepitude of one of the “greatest secrets of Anglo-American elite.”

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