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

Category: Book
By (author): Guha, Ramachandra
  HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 1104
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in
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From The Publisher*An epic and revelatory biography of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in modern history.

Opening with Gandhi's triumphant return to India in 1915 after decades abroad, and ending with his tragic assassination in 1949, Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World is a remarkable, moving portrait that provides a crucial re-evaluation of India's iconic leader for a new generation.
    Drawing on a wealth of newly uncovered materials unavailable to previous biographers, acclaimed historian and author Ramachandra Guha brings the past to life with extraordinary grace and clarity. Deploying his gifts as a storyteller and scholar, Guha presents Gandhi as both a fascinating human being--a man of fierce hope, eccentric personal beliefs, and sometimes dark and alarming contradictions--as well as a dynamic political force and global icon.
    Sharp, insightful, balanced, and impeccably researched, this free-standing sequel to Guha's magisterial biography Gandhi Before India is an indispensable resource for a contemporary understanding of Gandhi's ever-evolving legacy.

"Remarkable. . . . A moving portrait." -The New York Times Book Review

"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." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Striking. . . . Guha ably shows, for all that Gandhi influenced events in South Africa, it was he who experienced the greater change." -The Economist

"Deeply contextualized, dexterously researched, and judiciously written, this deserves to become the landmark biography of the early Gandhi." -New Republic

"Fascinating. . . . A biography with a remarkable ear for the resonances of Gandhi's work and time." -The Independent 

"Substantial enough to be comprehensive, yet concise enough to be approachable by the general reader. . . . Sharp, insightful, balanced and impeccably researched." -The Times 

"A work of vivid social history as well as biography. . . . One of the surprises in Gandhi Before India is just how much fresh material it contains. Guha has a gift for tracking down obscure letters and newspaper reports and patching them together to make history come alive." -The Guardian 

"The portrait offered . . . is of Gandhi as a human being, not just a hero." -Financial Times

"A magisterial history. . . . 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. . . . One senses, in the author's approach, something of Gandhi's own intensity and rigour. . . . The book never ceases to inform and intrigue." -Sydney Morning Herald

"What sets Gandhi Before India apart from other recent biographies . . . is Guha's resolutely non-scurrilous perspective. . . . What emerges in the end, with the slow magic of a film being developed in an old fashioned dark room, is a sharp picture of the intellectual growth of a remarkable man." -The Hindustan Times 

"Many will come to this biography wanting to know more about Gandhi himself. . . . Guha relates all this wonderfully. His book is clearly a labour of love, though not of uncritical infatuation. What distinguishes it is the breadth of the context-Indian, British and South African. Guha marshals his material sensitively and empathetically in order to give shape, colour and depth to the life of this saint-like figure." -The Literary Review
Biographical NoteRAMACHANDRA GUHA has previously 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 has written on social and political issues for the British and Indian press, including columns in the Telegraph and the Hindustan Times as well as the New York Times. He lives in Bangalore, India.