Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/15/11
ISBN 9781605981710
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 288

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The True Man Behind Modern India

Jad Adams

“Provocative. Adams strips away Gandhi's saintly aura and explores the duality . . . of India's most famous leader.”—Financial Times

Jad Adams traces the course of Gandhi’s multi-faceted life, and the development of his religious, political, and social thinking over seven tumultuous decades: from his comfortable upbringing in a princely state in Gujarat; his early civil rights campaigns; his leadership through civil disobedience in the 1920s and 1930s that made him a world icon; and finally to his assassination by a Hindu extremist in 1948, only months after the birth of an independent India.

An elegant and masterly account of one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century history, Adams presents for the first time the true story behind the man whose life may truly be said to have changed the world.

Jad Adams is a historian and television producer. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is currently a visiting research fellow of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“There have been enough hagiographies of this great figure, and after his death there was a concerted effort to erase some embarrassing truths from the Gandhi legend. This is a vividly human book.” The Daily Mail [London]
“For anyone trying to find a way through the myriad political byways of modern India and Pakistan, Adams’s biography is the perfect starting point.” The Glasgow Herald
“Adams focuses not on the idealized apostle of peace, but Gandhi the man.” Times of India (Mumbai)