Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 (Hardcover)

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The second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in world history.

This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. We see how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence--strikes, marches, fasts--that successfully challenged British authority, religious orthodoxy, social customs, and would influence non-violent, revolutionary movements throughout the world. In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them, a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him--family, friends, political and social leaders--that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.

About the Author


RAMACHANDRA GUHA has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include the award-winning India After Gandhi, and the first volume of this biography, Gandhi Before India which was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He writes regularly on social and political issues for The New York Times, and for the British and Indian presses, including The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times. He lives in Bangalore, India.

Praise For…


Praise for Ramachandra Guha's Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

“Magisterial . . . balanced and brilliantly readable . . . This biography reads like the final word on its subject. . . . In fact, this masterly assessment should serve for several generations, and for non-Indians as well.”
—Bernard Porter, Literary Review (UK)
 
“Ramachandra Guha is as dogged a researcher as Gandhi was an agitator. . . . [This book] is the most exhaustive account yet of Gandhi’s temporal and spiritual crusades. A vivid and absorbing read. . . . Gandhi’s character and mission demands rigorous exploration and Guha weaves together the narrative as deftly as Gandhi’s homespun cloth. . . . A remarkable, pioneering leader who changed the world and still has much to teach us.”
—Tarquin Hall, The Sunday Times (UK)

“A massive and much-needed study of [Guha’s] subject’s emergence as a world leader. . . . Superb. On nearly every page, Guha offers evidence why Gandhi remains relevant in the world 70 years after his death.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Guha mines newly discovered archival material to produce a portrait of the Indian leader that is both panoramic in scope and surprisingly intimate, both admiring of Gandhi and cognizant of his flaws. . . . Incisively written, this is a landmark account of Gandhi’s engagement with the world he would transform forever.”
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Ramachandra Guha’s Gandhi Before India
 
“Remarkable. . . . [A] moving portrait [with] cinematic richness.”
—Jyoti Thottam, The New York Times Book Review
 
“A work of vivid social history as well as biography.”
—Patrick French, The Guardian
 
“Deeply contextualized, dexterously researched, and judiciously written, this deserves to become the landmark biography of the early Gandhi.”
—Maya Jasanoff, The New Republic
 
“Guha is a brilliant historian who combines the gift of a storyteller, the discipline of an academic and the critical ability of seeing Gandhi as a fascinating human being, by not placing him on a pedestal. . . . [He] has re-created the past by connecting scattered dots . . . to weave a rich tapestry.”
—Salil Tripathi, San Francisco Chronicle
 
“In Ramachandra Guha, a great man has found a great biographer, a wise, persistent and elegant historian who has done justice to perhaps his nation’s greatest story.”
—Christopher Kremmer, Sydney Morning Herald
 
“Fascinating. . . . A biography with a remarkable ear for the resonances of Gandhi’s work and time—for the fan-mail and hate-mail; for overheard disagreements with family and colleagues; for his exchanges with political acquaintances, including his enemies. . . . As exhaustively researched a biography of the African Gandhi as we will have for some time. . . . [Gandhi Before India] triumphs.”
—Elleke Boehmer, The Independent (London)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385532310
ISBN-10: 0385532318
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 1104
Language: English