The definitive biography of one of this century's most important-and controversial-figures. Drawing on sources only recently made available, Judith Brown sketches a fresh and surprising portrait of Gandhi within the context of his time, in which the Indian leader emerges as neither the plaster saint nor the wily politician, but as a complex man whose actions followed honorably from his convictions.
It is a superb book, elegantly written, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Ghandi as well as the social context which helped to mold him as a man and a politician. Guardian
In fascinating detail, Brown chronicles the fate of non-violent tactics in South Africa and, after 1916, in India, where Ghadhi.... quickly became a patriotic hero.
This is as fine an exposition of Ghandi's religious beliefs as we are likely to get... [Brown] has clearly established herself as [Ghandi's] leading interpreter through a generation.
— History Today