Gandhi: The Young Protestor Who Founded a Nation

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A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remarkable life, up to India's independence in 1947, and the tragic conclusion; in 1948 Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatic opposed to his program ...
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A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinson's lively narrative takes us through his remarkable life, up to India's independence in 1947, and the tragic conclusion; in 1948 Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatic opposed to his program of tolerance for all creeds and religions.
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National Geographic's "World History Biographies" bring middle readers the lives of history's movers and shakers, not the least of whom was Mohandas Gandhi. Well-designed to appeal visually to this age group, the book's attractive format uses evocative color, decorative borders, short sidebars, maps, prints, and a plethora of photographs in both sepia and black-and-white. Especially interesting are the less frequently seen pictures of Gandhi as a child and young man, as opposed to the familiar image of him as an old, bald man draped in white cloth. The informative text, divided into four parts, takes the young reader through Gandhi's youth, education as a lawyer, protesting in South Africa, and his return to India where he eventually became the leader of his people in their struggle for independence. Along the way, readers will learn something of India's history, religions, marriage customs, and castes. The author does not explore some of Ghandi's personal oddities as a famous older man or the value to a large country like India of his economic ideas—or indeed, the depth of Indian hatred toward the British and differing religions. However, this title offers inquiring minds an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with this leader who influenced so many others, along with a useful evaluation of his achievements. It is a pleasure to handle this thoughtfully-produced book with its good glossy paper and something fascinating on every page. Included are a glossary, an index, and a bibliography of books and websites. 2005, National Geographic, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
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"A fine starting place for reports about Gandhi and Indian history, this book is also concise and lively enough to inspire young people's personal interest." —Booklist
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