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Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1955
Publisher: Indiana Univ. Press

This will prove a very useful book, bringing together as it does writings by and on Gandhi, that together provide a chronology of his life, a statement of his philosophy, and impressions of Gandhi from various contemporaries. Gandhi's own Autobiography provides a substantial part of the text; the writings on Gandhi by Desar, his secretary and virtually his oswell over thirty years, help interpret, expand and heighten the impression made by Gandhi's own writings. Various Americans whose closeness to Gandhi is known are used:- Louis Fischer, Vincent Sheean, Margaret Bourke-White among them. And from his own countrymen Nehru, Tagore and others express themselves. The composite gives us Gandhi, from youth, through his years in South Africa, his development of the policy of non-violence, his fasts, strikes, protests in varied forms against British rule, his position on religion, on matters of health, o sex, on the untouchables, on international good will -- all this comes out, through his own words, through the writings of those who were closest to him. When he won his cause- independence from British rule- his heart was broken over the riots and bloodshed and violence in partition. And death came at the hands of a Hindu fanatic.