- Author : Ramachandra Guha
- Publisher : Penguin Allen Lane
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1152 pages
- ISBN-13 : 9780670083886
Gandhi lived one of the great 20th-century lives. He inspired and enraged, challenged and delighted millions of men and women around the world. He lived almost entirely in the shadow of the British Raj, which for much of his life seemed a permanent fact, but which he did more than anyone else to bring down. In a world defined by violence and warfare and by fascist and communist dictatorships, he was armed with nothing more than his arguments and example. While fighting for national freedom, he also attacked caste and gender hierarchies, and fought (and died) for inter-religious harmony.
This magnificent book tells the story of Gandhi's life from his departure from South Africa to his dramatic assassination in 1948. It has a Tolstoyan sweep, showing us Gandhi as he was understood by his contemporaries, with new readings of his arguments with (among others) Ambedkar, Jinnah, and Churchill, and new insights on our freedom movement and its many strands. Drawing on never-before-seen sources and animated by its author's wonderful sense of drama and politics, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World is the most ambitious book on the father of the nation.
About the Author
Born and raised in Dehradun, Ramachandra Guha studied at the
Delhi School of Economics and at the Indian Institute of Management,
Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the Chipko
movement. He has pioneered three distinct fields of historical inquiry:
environmental history (as in The Unquiet Woods, 1989), the social
history of sport (A Corner of a Foreign Field, 2002), and contemporary
history (India After Gandhi, 2007). He is also the author of Savaging
the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India (1999), which is
soon to appear in a new edition from Penguin.
He is now working on a major biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the first
volume of which will be published by Penguin towards the end of 2013.
Guha's awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society
for Environmental History, the UK Cricket Society Prize, the Malcolm
Adiseshiah Prize for excellence in social science research, the Sahitya
Akademi Award, and the Padma Bhushan. His books and essays have
been translated into more than twenty languages.