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Gandhi and Churchill by Arthur Herman
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Dec 07, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to Kamani by: I found it
Recommended for: Any history and political biography nerds
Read in December, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

The first 300 pages of the book describe the younger years; the influence of the father figure on each man; the way Indians were perceived in Britain at the time when the empire was at its peak; and the formative "colllege years" of both Gandhi & Churchill. These pages made up the most interesting part of the book. It started to drag towards the end, but that's bound to happen if you manage to push 700 pages through final edits.....part of the problem was I think as the men approached 40, their values and beliefs had crystallised and the impact they had on each other - the premise of the book - was less relevant.

Really well-researched. I recommend.

Oh one more thing - it was Herman's reluctance to paint heroes and villains, that makes this book a stand-out, with original insights on two of the most written-about men in modern times.

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Reading Progress

09/23/2009 page 101
14.01% "Riveting stuff. India was truly unlike any of the other british colonies..."
11/21/2009 page 401
55.62% "I did not know that Gandhi's eldest son, haliral, converted to Islam."
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie sounds like the content of the book is all given away in the title! ;)

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