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Children's LiteratureThis biography is divided into two sections: first, a chronological account of Gandhi's life, and second, a series of pages that raise questions for discussion and debate. Pros and cons are presented along a number of dimensions. Was Gandhi a saint or a politician? Was satyagraha a system for moral persuasion, or was it coercive in effect if not intent? Social reform, aid to the untouchable classes, and the impact of Gandhi's ideas on the world are similarly examined in some depth, raising questions and offering arguments for different views of the same historical facts and events. Admittedly some of the points offered are an argumentative stretch but they do stimulate critical thought and sometimes even force an opinion or challenge a reader to reach for the next logical set of questions. Archival photographs and maps illustrate the text. Additional background information pages offer context on the British Raj and the religions of India. A glossary and index are included. This book is part of the "Judge for Yourself" series. Other titles include Martin Luther King, Jr., Catherine the Great, and Mao Zedong. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.