The True Story Of India's Murderous Cult

Mike Dash

Published: 1 May 2006
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781862078468


Never in recorded history has there been a group of murderers as deadly as the Thugs. For nearly two centuries, groups of these lethal criminals haunted the roads of India, slaughtering travellers whom they met along the way with such efficiency that over the years tens of thousands of men, women and children simply vanished without trace. Mike Dash, one of our best popular historians, has devoted years to combing archives in both India and Britain to discover how the Thugs lived and worked. Painstakingly researched and grippingly written, Thug tells, for the first time the full story of the Thugs' rise and fall from the cult's beginnings in the late seventeenth century to its eventual demise at the hands of British East India Company officer William Sleeman in 1840.

About the author

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Mike Dash is the author of several books, including the best-sellers Tulipomania, Batavia's Graveyard, Thug and The Family First. Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Trial of the Century was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for History. A Cambridge-educated historian, Dash lives in London. More about the author


‘Dash brings a confident organisation to his material, a rapid grasp of both personality and circumstance, and a bold eye for significant detail’



‘Dash picks his way through this tale with a steady and determined manner ... Thug is a reliable and meticulous piece of work’

‘Excellently written and well-researched book ... Thug is an invaluable guide’

‘Fascinating and immensely readable’

‘The book is a mix of many genres: social history, detective novel, crime thriller, political narrative ... an entertaining read’

‘The thrillerish pace is kept up throughout, the storming narrative grounded in historical and political detail ... a gripping read’

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