An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting, of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances,"in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.

All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807059098
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 11/28/1993
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 144,000
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.53(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)

About the Author

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) was a lawyer and the prominent figure behind India’s push for independence from British rule. He followed the philosophies of pacifism, believing in the importance of the nonviolent approach to protesting. He documented his influential life in An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

Born and raised in Western India to a Hindu family, Gandhi received barrister training in London. He first experienced institutional racial discrimination in South Africa, which spurred him to his first actions in leading group-based nonviolent civil disobedience.  He later returned to India and led protests against British colonialism, excessive taxation, and racial discrimination.

Known as 'the Father of the Nation," Gandhi was instrumental in the fight for religious pluralism and Indian independence.  He was assassinated in 1948.

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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will change your perspective of gandhi as being a mahatma, and a saint. One can clearly understand the other side of gandhi, the self questioning youngman and the dilemmas he faced on being caught in the middle of history. It shows his broad perspective of life and the book definitely offers insight into what could have made the man into what he was. But the book has no account of the period when he refined his concepts of satyagraha and of his involvement in the freedom struggle. This is not a history book, but a book that offers a glimpse into his thought process and his principles, and how he conceived them in the first place. Some of the events that gandhi describes in the book are surprising. Among these is his first introduction to the bhagavad gita through reading Edwin Arnold's translation of Gita(Light of Asia), and his shame of his ignorance of hinduism. Equally surprising is his stand towards the british empire, whom he goes forth to serve among the ambulance corps in the boer war and in other ways during worldwarI. A very good book if one were to try to understand this great person.
literarysarah on LibraryThing 11 days ago
Rather long-winded and preachy - much like the man, I imagine.
naveensreedevan 21 days ago
tommorw is gandhi jayanthi. just know this fact. Experiments in sex! thats what i heard and known about gandhiji. Gadnhiji is a bad leader in all respects. politically eveything about his ideal was a flaw. morally bankrupt. he was pedophile,bisexual; and even dogs. no wonder india they say has gone to the dogs. even dogs and cows are allowed to roam free on mainstreet. there is no morals in india all leaders are corrupt. judges are immoral. those who have their back pockets have their judgement day done well. so to speak shameless fellas. india is a fcked up place. my personal experience dealing with India. immoral leaders and ungrateful and lazy bstards liars. maybe if this one of being intellectually braod minded yes. go for it. tolerant? oh yeah! anything goes? my way your way anything goes? toxic assets. india shting bricks.\ just decode this: Gandhiji was shot by nath-u 'ram' dogs e? (god in reverse) Nath ( slang for stinking person) is that right or what? wrongly yes. does a wrong deed make a wrong deal right? no, it only breeds corruption. what a great a soul maha a soul
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mathatma Gandhi is a truly inspirational man. He has defeated an entire country, which was very strong at that, without npthing but his mouth. Did you know that many-including Martin Luther King Jr.-were inspired by him? If you wish to feel almost enturely in his presence, visit his abode in Ahmadhabad, India. Mother Bharat (India) will dearly welcome those who wish to prosper and be blessed by Her holiness.
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Very good goes onto detail and is compleatly about mahat ma ghandis life
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This, as Mahatma Gandhi says himself, is no ordinary autobiography. Gandhi wanted not to write an autobiography about himself, but instead about the things that he has done to accomplish his nonviolent goals, and Gandhi did this in hopes that people in other areas of the world would agree with him and imitate him. This book, written mostly while Gandhi was in prison his these very ideals, does eactly that. It brings across Gandhi's message of peace, equality, nonviolence, and human harmony. Along with this, it gives the reader an idea of where Gandhi came from, and what influenced him to believe these things. Gandhi was an incredible man, and this novel was extremely informative, passionate, and inspirational. I would strongly recommnd this to anyone interested even slightly in human rights, or just history in general.
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I was hesitant when was about to purchase this book, but decided to give it a try. Then found myself reading thoroughly each and every page more than once. This book has had a profound effect on my life, iin terms of 'everything' that it delivers. You are reading Gandhi's mind and not his words. Peering into the humbleness he carried even when called a 'saint'. I very much recommend it to people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has change several aspects of my life and the way I used to view them.
Bo-Wilson More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful piece! His prose is fantastic. The book's substance could provide spiritual and intellectual sustenance for ages. An added bonus is that Gandhi truly inspires one to look at one's diet in regard to spirituality. A very practical and inspiring book.