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In this book, the renowned author Ved Mehta brings Gandhi to life in all his holiness and humanness, shedding light on his principles and his purposes, his ideas and his actions. Through interviewing disciples of Gandhi in five countries, Mehta reconstructs in precise detail Gandhi's daily routine, recounts the story of his life, and presents the beliefs and practices of his "apostles." Mehta's book, widely praised when it was first published in 1977, is a biographical portrait of Gandhi unlike any other.

"A remarkable examination of the life and work of a human being who has been extolled around the world as one of the greatest souls of all time. . . . A very readable account, dotted with sharply etched portraits."-Paul Johnson, New York Times

"Meticulously researched, passionately felt, elegantly written."-Max Lerner

"Mehta's work . . . touches much more than the personality of Gandhi, for it deals with the more general issue of the evolution and maintenance of a cultural symbol. . . . Mehta has given us a sensitive view of India and a personalized experience of the meaning of Mahatma Gandhi."-Edward S. Kayes, American Historical Review

"An outstanding book . . . aglow with illuminating detail."-John Grigg, The Listener

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300055399
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
I Subtler and More Lasting Shapes
Bapu 3
Relics and Monuments 22
Editors, Biographers, and Bibliographers 33
Family 47
Benefactors 56
II In the Steps of the Autobiographer and His Biographers
Banya Origins 69
Kathiawari Boy 75
Rajkot Student in England 83
Barrister 96
Community Servant 107
Satyagrahi in South Africa 119
Satyagrahi in India 131
Constructive Worker 155
Martyr 167
III The Company They Keep
Nonviolence: Brahmacharya and Goat's Milk 179
Revolution: The Constructive Programme and Its Mahatmas 214
Index 252
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