Inspiration. Joseph Lelyveld has written an outstanding biography titled, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India. This is not the Gandhi I learned about in school, the saintly skeleton preaching non-violence and who was constantly fasting. Lelyveld goes beyond hagiography and presents a more complete image of a complex individual. This book is not meant to be a complete biography, but focuses on social reform, and as such, places Gandhi as the resolute nationalist, placing India above any religion, and struggling with the ways in which social reform is achieved. The attention in this book is on Gandhi’s time in South Africa and India and the ways in which this remarkable individual inspired others to change their lives.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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