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Gandhi

The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

Ramachandra Guha

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Opening in July 1914, as Mohandas Gandhi leaves South Africa to return to India, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1918 traces the Mahatma’s life over the three decades preceding his assassination. Drawing on new archival materials, acclaimed historian Ramachandra Guha follows Gandhi’s struggle to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India’s Hindus and Muslims, to end the pernicious practice of untouchability, and to nurture India’s economic and moral self-reliance. He shows how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence that successfully challenged British authority and would influence revolutionary movements throughout the world. A revelatory look at the complexity of Gandhi’s thinking and motives, the book is a luminous portrait of not only the man himself, but also those closest to him—family, friends, and political and social leaders.


Praise For Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

“[A] monumental biography. . . . Extraordinarily intimate.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Wise, graceful and entertaining. . . . Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 will not be bettered, and it is essential reading even for those who do not think of themselves as India buffs, because Gandhi is a maker of our whole modern world.” —Ferdinand Mount, The Wall Street Journal

“A comprehensive account of the most remarkable figure of the past century.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“An important biography. . . . Guha admires Gandhi’s achievements, but does not gloss over the man’s flaws.” —The New York Times

“Expertly chronicled.” —The Washington Post
 
“Massive, meticulous, and engrossing.” —The Times Literary Supplement
 
“Deeply affecting. . . . A rendering of the subject in such fullness that the reader feels himself wrestling directly with the protagonist, his time, and his ideas. . . . Guha’s biography builds with perfect tone and economy of expression towards its moving conclusion.” —Financial Times
 
“[A] monumental biography.” —Edward Glaeser, The Wall Street Journal
 
“The book’s details of Gandhi’s life help the reader comprehend how he influenced the world.” —The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Drawing from hundreds of sources, including some never before available to historians, Guha presents a nuanced portrait of a brilliant spiritual and political leader with egalitarian principles and a vision for a nonsectarian India. . . . Readers will be richly reward.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Magnificent.” —The American Interest
 
“A magisterial account of a compassionate man. . . . The author skillfully traces the evolution of Gandhi’s political beliefs. . . . He conveys Gandhi’s playfulness as well as his intellect.” —The Economist
 
“Dramatic and detailed. . . . [The] second and final volume of Guha’s huge, definitive biography of Mahatma Gandhi draws on every imaginable source.” —Foreign Affairs
 
“A thoroughly researched and well-written account and a faithful chronicle.” —New Statesman
 
“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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“This masterly assessment should serve for several generations, and for non-Indians as well.” —The Literary Review
 
“Superb. On nearly every page, Guha offers evidence why Gandhi remains relevant in the world 70 years after his death.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“The most exhaustive account yet of Gandhi’s temporal and spiritual crusades. A vivid and absorbing read. . . . Guha is as dogged a researcher as Gandhi was an agitator.” —The Sunday Times (London)

Vintage, 9780307474797, 1120pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2019



About the Author

Ramachandra Guha has taught at Stanford University, 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 is the recipient of the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian Studies and of an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Yale University. He lives in Bangalore. www ramachandraguha.in