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Gandhi: A Life

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Gandhi: A Life reveals the transformation of an ordinary, timid young man, into a leader, whose stand against a mighty empire brought millions together. From the poor and the illiterate, to the intelligentsia and the rich, Gandhi's followers forged a sustained, non-violent movement for independence. When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869, India was divided. Briti ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Wiley (first published February 23rd 1998)
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The Frahorus
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un uomo eccezionale, spinto da ideali di non violenza e pacifici che dovrebbero essere da esempio a certi attuali capi di governo.

"Ciascuno di noi dovrebbe guardare dentro di sé e purificare il più possibile il proprio cuore..." Questa è una delle numerosissime frasi dette da Gandhi. Un uomo di pace, un tenace sostenitore della non-violenza... Purtroppo non tutti sono riusciti a comprenderlo e il fatidico giorno del 30 gennaio 1948 venne ucciso con tre colpi di pistola armata da Nathuram Godse,
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Cliff
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book about a very complicated and interesting man. Gandhi has become a symbol for non-violent triumph whose example is thought to be a clear-cut defense of such method of social change. Of course, along the way, he's earned his share of critics. (see this article, written about the same time a movie about Gandhi came out, for the most outspoken example: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/ar.... I personally think the article has some good points and badly misrepresents ...more
Peter Fuller
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I mean, it's probably not the MOST invigorating read (lots of Indian politics), but I honestly really enjoyed it. He's a very interesting person, and he had to deal with a LOT of crap. I'd recommend reading it.
John Bottern
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A towering figure in International politics, this biography excellently portrays a quiet, well-born man who grows stubborn and reluctantly becomes the de facto leader of the world's largest democracy. A gentle man who refuses to bow to the might of the greatest empire of the time, and ends up as the one man who could and did cause the collapse of the British Empire. It's an astounding story, very well told.
Mark
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great biography of a great man. The basic story of how Gandhi led a non violent revolution to win independence for India from the British is often told. This book covers the Mahatma's entire life, including his work as a lawyer and activist on behalf of Indians in South Africa, his family life, philosophy and some of his more human sides. There are some fantastic tidbits including Gandhi's correspondence with Tolstoy, his visit to a textile mill and slum neighborhoods in England, meeting Charl ...more
AlGrey
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
لا أنكر ، لم أحبذ يوما فلسفة اللاعنف ، لظالما ظننتها أكثر " رقة " من أن تأخذ مفعولا حقيقيا ، ناهيك عن استقلال دولة ، لكن للحق ، احترامي لغاندي كبير جدا ، تواصله الحميم مع الهند ، إبداءه الإنسانية قبل الأديان و الجنسيات ، هذا الرجل .. عظيم حقا

بعض الإقتباسات الرائعة من غاندي

" أنا مسلم و سيخي و هندوسي و مسيحي و يهودي .. مثلكم جميعا "

" العين بالعين تجعل العالم كله أعمى "

شاهدت فيلمه ، مذهل طبعا <3
David A-S
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
So much is said about him, so much is quoted from him, it was interesting to actually learn about him. The book manages to trace his life trajectory and works hard to honor two competing truths: he was an incredible, influential, unique man but he was not a saint (it shows you his struggles). I'm glad to have read it, and still enamored with Gandhi.
Mark
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked the book better than his autobiography. I felt like I got a sense of who he was and also what was going on politically at the time in India. I didn't feel like the writing was particularly captivating and some more analysis of the historical significance of what was happening would've made the book better. I did appreciate being able to learn about his life.
Jeremy
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I believe any biography of Gandhi would be good, but what made this biography particularly good was the fact that Chadha didn't hold back from revealing aspects of Gandhi's life that were not so flattering. This book is a clear departure from the biographies of the Mahatma and more a biography of Mohandes Gandhi the man.

Great read.
Alex
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great down to earth biography on Gandhi the man that doe snot seek to make him into a saint but instead portrays him evenhandedly. Good coverage of his time in South Africa and the experiences there that influenced him later on.
Britta
Nov 01, 2007 rated it liked it
An interesting inside look at the life of Gandhi. The book is very long (maybe 900 pgs) and does not give much detail on Gandhi as an individual human being. The biography focuses on his life as a political figure with little attention to his personal identity.
Bryan
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have great respect for Gandhi so I liked the book. It was dry at times and a little more historical perspective would have helped. I do believe that too much attention is paid to his assassin at the end of the book. Overall, it's a good book about a great man.
Jancodamas
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
patience and virtue in a small paperback
Zoe
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
A goob about a great man...but a very dry read. Unless you're a dedicated Gandhi fan it may be tough to get through.
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