A short review in The Telegraph (17th May 2013)
Chanakya: The Kingmaker and the Philosopher (Hachette, Rs 195) edited by Anu Kumar is a compact and made-easy version of “what Chanakya did, what Chanakya said”. Chanakya is one of the most illustrious figures of Indian history. He is known for his diplomatic manoeuvres that designed the rise of Chandragupta as the founder of the Mauryan empire. He was not only wise but also brave — a man as capable of planning a battle as of fighting it. His talent flowed in many directions; Chanakya was a visionary, a brilliant economist and a gifted political strategist all blended into one. The two texts Chanakya authored — the Arthashastra and the Nitishastra — contain his teachings on statecraft, military strategy and economic policy.
This book, however, does not go into his theories and methods. It simply lists the incidents that shaped Chanakya’s life, and some of his important sayings. It is perfect for readers who want to get a preliminary idea of Chanakya’s legacy.