Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

by Stanley Wolpert


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More than half a century after his death, Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire millions throughout the world. Yet modern India, most strikingly in its decision to join the nuclear arms race, seems to have abandoned much of his nonviolent vision. Inspired by recent events in India, Stanley Wolpert offers this subtle and profound biography of India's "Great Soul."

Wolpert compellingly chronicles the life of Mahatma Gandhi from his early days as a child of privilege to his humble rise to power and his assassination at the hands of a man of his own faith. This trajectory, like that of Christ, was the result of Gandhi's passion: his conscious courting of suffering as the means to reach divine truth. From his early campaigns to stop discrimination in South Africa to his leadership of a people's revolution to end the British imperial domination of India, Gandhi emerges as a man of inner conflicts obscured by his political genius and moral vision. Influenced early on by nonviolent teachings in Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, and Buddhism, he came to insist on the primacy of love for one's adversary in any conflict as the invincible power for change. His unyielding opposition to intolerance and oppression would inspire India like no leader since the Buddha—creating a legacy that would encourage Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other global leaders to demand a better world through peaceful civil disobedience.

By boldly considering Gandhi the man, rather than the living god depicted by his disciples, Wolpert provides an unprecedented representation of Gandhi's personality and the profound complexities that compelled his actions and brought freedom to India.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195156348
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Stanley Wolpert is Distinguished Professor of South Asian History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published twenty books on South Asia, including Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny, A New History of India, and Jinnah of Pakistan.

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Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MichelleLancasterIR2008 More than 1 year ago
Gandhi¿s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi
Stanley Wolpert
Professor of History of Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles
Written many books about modern India and Pakistan
One-sided point of view on how Gandhi is a man to be idolized
Nonfictional biography
Pacifism, independence
If the people of Russia and Georgia were to use Gandhi¿s example of nonviolent reasoning, there would be no need for Russia to have to make a decision on whether to keep their troops in Georgia or take them out. If they were using a pacifistic view of things than their fight for oil would be solved. They could use rational persuasion to fairly figure out their issue and make both countries happy. Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge follower of Gandhi¿s ways, he once said, ¿Operating through the Gandhian method of non-violence is one of the most potent weapons available to the oppressed people in their struggle for freedom¿ (264). The few criticisms I was able to find about this book were both good. Wolpert did a very good job of writing this book. Even though he thought very highly of Gandhi, he kept this book strictly facts few opinions. He had a lot of detail that helped us to have a further understanding of Gandhi and his life, and he did this with a very open-mind. Not only did Wolpert write this book very well, he wrote the book from a point of view that anyone could respect. He did not just write a book about how he thought of Gandhi; he wrote a biography on Mahatma Gandhi¿s life. This book is a very good book for any history teacher to use as a reference. It is very educational and not so much a fun read. I would recommend this book if you are writing a research paper because it will give you all the information you are looking for not just a few small facts that could be of very little help.
smilodectes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a dense, slow but very informative read. Some people don't like these sort of books but I enjoy to have one that takes some time to get through and that is exactly what this was.Wolpert was very exacting in his detail and sometimes the result was not very flattering for the Mahatma. Either way, I enjoyed seeing a more human side to this revered historical figure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on Gandhi. I absolutely found this book to be extremely interesting and easy to read. I enjoyed reading this book because it helped me to understand Gandhi as a historic figure. It contained a lot of important facts that I wasn't aware about. This book mainly illustrates the life of Gandhi as a leader and a person. I enjoyed every aspect this book contained. It also consists of pictures which helped me see the important events that happened in Gandhi's life. Louis Fischer explains the historical background of Mahatma Gandhi and the influence of Gandhi’s peaceful works to the entire world.The book is separated into thirty four chapters that describe the importance of Gandhi’s existence on the world. His main goal in life was for world peace. There are some very inspiring quotes from Gandhi that are stated in the book. Some parts of the vocabulary was difficult to comprehend, but it was written very detailed. Overall, this book was very entertaining to read and made me learn more about the world.
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This book presents a perspicaciuos opinion of a complex character, the Mahatma. Mahatma the social worker and Mahatma the politician, both way ahead of their time. The book also displays the author's good, almost innate, understanding of not only the Indian socio - political system but also the Indian psyche. A must reading for all aspiring politicians of the planet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is crap (actually i have never read this book) but still it is crap since oncw i bought it i cant read it