This is a very good book but it needs to be written again. Time and again in the book the authors seems to think out loud about his opinion. There is an attempt to curb a western imperial bias but it falters occasionally. Reviewers who think it's harsh towards Gandhi are correct but as an Indian I expect a limited understanding of these matters... Authors, like everyone else, are encumbered by their cultural origins but mr. Herman does a decent job of balancing it. The reason the book seems harsh towards Gandhi and india is because the author seems to have discovered their rather human limitations while researching this book what comes through seems to be his shock more than his bias. It will take centuries of progress before we can write about other cultures with a degree of empathy. I still think it's a good book and people who expect any better merely 75 years after we as humans perpetrated a holocaust are likely wonderful people yet mistaken.
Simply outstanding account of two of the most significant figures in the history of the British Commonwealth/Empire
I really enjoyed learning more about the history of India and Great Britain through the story of these two men's lives. I would love to read more on Gandhi and hope audible will make more titles available about this great man.
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
Why would you write a book about two men whose lives intertwined, but then take sides? Mr. Herman takes every opportunity possible to degrade Gandhi and belittle the man. While I think there is a lot too learn from books such as these, I found the bias against Gandhi throughout the book surprising and the premise of the book a stretch. There are only random cross references between the two. Essentially these are two books sold as one. Think Outcast SpeakerBoxx/Love Below double CD set. I would recommend passing this one up.
This is a good book that provides an interesting perspective of the bio of each man and how their lives related to one another as well as to the story of Indian independence. highly recommend!!
Very gripping read on two leaders of their nations and how their stories enter twined with each other to tell an amazing story. The author does a valiant job of staying unbiased but the power of a people striving for self government screamed through to make Gandhi the more compelling and compassionate figure.
I enjoy history so this book was for me. But it does have a lot of detail and seems to come from a British point of view. But overall worth the price of admission if you enjoy history.
I've listened to two books by Arthur Herman and they're both exceptional. If you haven't done so take a listen to Freedom's Forge as well.
As for this book I greatly enjoyed it. I honestly can say I knew almost nothing except the generic knowledge most Americans have about Gandhi, conversely I knew much more about Churchill. However I learned a great deal about both in this book. If you're concerned that this is a Gandhi vs Churchill book there is no need to worry, this book doesn't demonize one or the other and does a great job of explaining the life and times of each which helps greatly understand why they made the decisions they made. It's not a liberal hackjob, so if you're looking for a Gandhi worship book you'll be disappointed, however the author is very kind towards him in my opinion. His treatment of Churchill is the same from the other side. Overall I think the book is very well balanced and doesn't really inject a lot of opinion, instead it just gives you the story and lets you figure out the message if there is one. Personally I came away from this with pretty strong feelings towards each but I won't share there here since there is no reason to biased someones reading of the same material.
Overall this is a 5 star book, it's quite long but moves quickly and the reader does an excellent job.