Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope

Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope

Judith M. Brown / Jun 01, 2020
Gandhi Prisoner of Hope The definitive biography of one of this century s most important and controversial figures Drawing on sources only recently made available Judith M Brown sketches a fresh and surprising portrait of G
  • Title: Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope
  • Author: Judith M. Brown
  • ISBN: 9780300051254
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • The definitive biography of one of this century s most important and controversial figures Drawing on sources only recently made available, Judith M Brown sketches a fresh and surprising portrait of Gandhi within the context of his time, in which the Indian leader emerges as neither a plaster saint nor a wily politician, but as a complex man whose actions followed honoraThe definitive biography of one of this century s most important and controversial figures Drawing on sources only recently made available, Judith M Brown sketches a fresh and surprising portrait of Gandhi within the context of his time, in which the Indian leader emerges as neither a plaster saint nor a wily politician, but as a complex man whose actions followed honorably from his convictions This is the best biography of Gandhi so far and deserves to be read by everyone interested in him and in modern India Bhikhu Parekh, New Statesman and Society Judith Brown has written the most systematic, balanced, and clear biography of Gandhi I have yet seen Howard Spodek, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science In fascinating detail, Brown chronicles the fate of nonviolent tactics in South Africa and, after 1915, in India, where Gandhi now clad in loincloth and sandals quickly became a patriotic hero Jim Miller, Newsweek It is a superb book, elegantly written, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know about Gandhi as well as the social context which helped to mould him as a man and a politician Tariq Ali, Guardian This is as fine an exposition of Gandhi s religious beliefs as we are likely to get Brown has clearly established herself as Gandhi s leading interpreter to her generation Antony Copley, History Today Judith M Brown is Beit Professor of the History of the British Commonwealth at Oxford University.
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      • Judith M. Brown

        Judith M Brown is a historian of modern South Asia From 1990 2011 she was the Beit Professor of Commonwealth History and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.


    653 Comments

    1. My only complaint about this well researched, balanced portrait of one of history s most courageous man is that I think Brown s prose and pacing are a bit dull It seems that Gandhi s life would be anything but slow paced but this book was at times Nonetheless it was a rewarding read because I learned so much about this fascinating man Brown states in her intro that she does not want to paint him as a plaster saint, but instead as a powerful man with his own weaknesses I fear for the future of Ga [...]


    2. There s a certain amount of self indulgence necessary for one to even begin to consider undertaking a study of somebody like Gandhi A pivotal, complex individual whose actions affected not only his own people, but people everywhere the Great Man writ large seems almost unapproachable His multi dimensional personality makes this even challenging he was, it seems, kind of an asshole , so it s hard to fault the author entirely But this effort is so dry, dull, plodding and dripping with event and n [...]


    3. m glad I read it The author puts Gandhi s amazing, tough, confusing life together in a way that shows the way in which he was really constantly engaging in what he called experiments in truth personally, politically, spiritually through it all Reading it I could understand both how he was so much in the tradition of an Indian holy man as well as that of a very smart politician British trained lawyer This book is one I will return to many times to help think about the challenges that are always b [...]


    4. This book gives an insightful account of not only Gandhi s life and times but also of Gandhi as a person Considerable space is devoted to discussing his inner conflicts and his response to the socio political conflicts.



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