The drama of India's emergence as an independent nation and the exciting biography of one of its greatest citizens run parallel in this informed and vivid portrayal. Fictional flourishes are superfluous in a story of this kind and thankfully, the author avoids them. As a child growing up in a distinguished Indian family, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit straddled the cultural bridge between East and West. Only when British oppression becomes intolerable did she and her brother Jawaharlal Nehru throw in their with the non violent disobedience movement. For their crusading actions both were arrested several times. But this is not only the intense portrait of a fighter. It is also the colorful delicate picture of an Indian lady, whose marriage was a delight, whose daughters adored her. Mrs. Pandit's career in politics began with her assignment to the Ministry of Health. From here, her career soared -- as diligence and to appointments as Ambassador to Russia, Mexico, the U.S., and later as President of the General Assembly in the United Nations. As one of the first Asian women receive international acclaim in a field presumably reserved for men, Mrs. Pandit's story is inspiring and Aune Gutherie's account of it inspired.