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GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld 0307269582 9780307269584
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A brilliantly illuminating book on Mahatma Gandhi that enriches our understanding of his means, his accomplishments, and his failures. Gandhi has long been considered a visionary and a martyr. And certainly, he was that rare leader wholly devoted to his people. But in this ambitious, stirring, original study, Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld sets out to measure Gandhis accomplishments as a politician and an advocate for the downtrodden-against Gandhis own expectations and in light of his complex, conflicted feelings about his place in Indian history. Lelyveld traces the roots of Gandhirs philosophy of reform to South Africa, exploring in unmatched depth the campaigns for social justice he undertook there, and chronicling his continued efforts when he returned to India. We see why he became known as Mahatma-Great Soul-but we also see clearly that he was unable to achieve all the goals he set for himself and his country, suffering bitter disappointment at this shortfall, most profoundly in 1947 when India was partitioned. Here is a profoundly intelligent, vital reconsideration of Gandhis extraordinary accomplishments, of his fierce but finally unfulfilled hopes, and of his ever-evolving legacy.

Author: Joseph Lelyveld

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 448

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2011-03-29

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