Roy has performed an important task ..
B.R. Tomlinson, Economic History Review.
Roy’s narration is easy, like that of a storyteller. His analyses, free of jargon, are simple, clear and balanced. The result is remarkable – you can almost visualise the events as you read about them. .. many of the “lay” readers are going to enjoy reading the book.
Shubhajyoti Ray, Economic and Political Weekly.
The first systematic history of the Company written from the perspective of Indian history.
.. provides a timely antidote to [the] continuing and dangerous misreading of colonial Indian economic history.
Deepak Lal (University of California), Journal of Economic History