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

Category: Book
By (author): Guha, Ramachandra
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
  HISTORY / General
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: October 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 1104
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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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.
Review Quote*"A magnificent achievement." -The Guardian

"[A] portrait of a complex man whose remarkable tenacity remained constant, even when his beliefs changed. It is also extraordinarily intimate. . . . [A] fair, thorough and nuanced portrait of the man. . . . Guha lets Gandhi appear on his own terms, and allows him to reveal himself in all his contradictions." -The New York Times

"Guha's magisterial biography illuminates the public and private man. . . . Many details in the book are fresh. More closely than any other biographer, Mr. Guha tracks the forgotten influence of Gandhi's long-serving secretary, Mahadev Desai." -The Economist

"A vivid, absorbing biography. A monumental biography, using newly released papers, relates Gandhi's mission to deliver India from the Raj. . . . The most exhaustive account yet of Gandhi's temporal and spiritual crusades. . . . There's a temptation with biographies this in-depth to skim, but Gandhi's character and mission demands rigorous exploration and Guha weaves together the narrative as deftly as Gandhi's homespun cloth. . . . [Guha's] keen eye for the idiosyncratic often lends a life-affirming touch." -The Sunday Times

"Guha, in minute details and impeccable research, has chalked out the many relations Gandhi shared with his contemporaries, his friends, family, and acquaintances. . . . Guha's massive book and his powerful, honest insights prove that he may be Gandhi's ‘finest biographer,' as remarked by theGuardian." -The Times of India

"[A] sweeping, intimate, absorbing and detailed version of the life of the Mahatma. . . . It may be heavy, but Guha does-like always-make it an almost breezy read. . . . What makes the book wonderful are the details that take you by surprise, especially those from [Gandhi's] vibrant, intense and hectic correspondence with ‘friends, political colleagues and often with strangers.'" -The Week (India)

"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 seventy 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)
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.