by Jad Adams


by Jad Adams



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“Provocative. Adams strips away Gandhi’s saintly aura and explores the duality of India’s most famous leader.” —Financial Times

Jad Adams traces the course of Gandhi’s multi-faceted life and the development of his religious, political, and social thinking over seven tumultuous decades: from his comfortable upbringing in a princely state in Gujarat; his early civil rights campaigns; his leadership through civil disobedience in the 1920s and 1930s that made him a world icon; and finally to his assassination by a Hindu extremist in 1948, only months after the birth of an independent India.

An elegant and masterly account of one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century history, Adams presents for the first time the true story behind the man whose life may truly be said to have changed the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681770109
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jad Adams is a historian and television producer. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is currently a visiting research fellow of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

Table of Contents


The Partition of India, 1947 x

South Africa, 1893 xi

Introduction: Naked Ambition 1

1 Childhood and Marriage 7

2 London Lessons 26

3 Adventures in Natal 39

4 Challenge and Chastity 74

5 The Army of the Poor 94

6 Village Activist 125

7 Arousing India 156

8 The Salt March 176

9 World Icon 196

10 Quit India 220

11 Partition and Death 240

12 Legacy 272

Notes 285

Bibliography 305

Glossary 311

Index 313

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