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At the beginning of the 1930s, historian William L. Shirer was sent to India by the Chicago Tribune to cover the rise of the Independence Movement. During this time Shirer was privileged to observe Mahatma Gandhi as he launched the Civil Disobedience Campaign and to enjoy his personal friendship and confidence.

In this fascinating memoir, Shirer writes perceptively and unforgettably about Gandhi’s frailties as well as his accomplishments. Despite his greatness, Gandhi was the first to admit that he was a human being with his own prejudices and peculiarities: He could be stubborn and dictatorial, yet the magnificence of the man rose above all else.

Gandhi: A Memoir sheds a special light on the man who left such an indelible imprint on India and the world.

©1979 William L. Shirer (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A great story, vividly told by the author.
I liked the pace of the narrator, too.
It offers us a new perspective of this great man.

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  • 31-12-2020

A Very Inspiring Listen

Absolutely fantastic, honest account from a western mind. The book left me inspired and uplifted by the life of Gandhi and the honest account by an American journalist who was obviously touched by the life and character of Gandhi. May Gandhi's example continue to teach and inspire us through the challenges of the 21st century. Thank you for this book.

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  • catherine herman
  • 26-08-2020

The theory and practice of non-violence

I turned to this book for a greater understanding of the theory and practice of non-violence after learning that MLK had traveled to India for that reason. William Shirer credits the time he spent with Gandhi to have enabled him to withstand the horrors of Hitler, Stalin and McCarthy. Focused, concise and with a fine narration, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Purplelotus
  • 14-07-2020

Not to be missed

William Shirer best known for The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and his reporting from Nazi Germany spent a brief time in India with Gandhi during the independence struggle in the early thirties and during the Round Table talks in London.

He says that for him this time with Gandhi was the most fruitful period of his life and as his life was filled with some of the most tumultuous history of the twentieth century. He met and knew most of the major politicians of his time but Gandhi touched and inspired him as no other and he says this experience helped him to survive what was to come.

However it is no hagiography and he doesn’t whitewash over contradictions or criticisms of Gandhi some of which are quite inexplicable.

This short memoir is not to be missed.

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