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Ramachandra Guha - hailed by Time as "Indian democracy's preeminent chronicler" - takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Guha has uncovered myriad previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and coworkers; contemporary newspapers and court documents; the writings of Gandhi's children; and secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. 

Using this wealth of material in an exuberant, brilliantly nuanced and detailed narrative, Guha describes the social, political, and personal worlds inside of which Gandhi began the journey that would earn him the honorific Mahatma: "Great Soul". And, more clearly than ever before, he elucidates how Gandhi's work in South Africa - far from being a mere prelude to his accomplishments in India - was profoundly influential in his evolution as a family man, political thinker, social reformer, and, ultimately, beloved leader.

Researched with unequaled depth and breadth, and written with extraordinary grace and clarity, Gandhi Before India will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of 20th-century India's greatest man.

©2013 Ramachandra Guha (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Somewhat repetitive and lacking

I appreciate the author's commitment to thorough research and trying to stick to the facts and refrain from speculation, to give us a fair and unbiased portrait of Ghandi. However, in the process, he failed to elaborate on Ghandi's spirituality and motivations that shaped his convictions. As a result, at the end of such a long book, I still didn't feel that I got to really know Ghandi any more than when I first began. I now know in way more detail what he did and the events that prepared him for what he would later do in India. Perhaps this is a book better suited for those already familiar with Ghandi's writings and want more background information.