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Gandhi & Churchill : the epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged… (2008)

by Arthur Herman

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I was fascinated by this comparative biography which looks critically at Gandhi and Churchill, two men who have been much idealized and mythologized. ( )
  nmele | Sep 27, 2016 |
Come on, attempting to compare a true saint like Gandhi to that foul mouthed, ill tempered and mean curmodgeon would be like doing the same with one of Christ's true apostles with Pontius Pilate.

A nice biography of these two men. There is one theme though that runs through and that is the workings of the evil british empire. The way it acquired territories through through the force and the power of the gun and held it through trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, bribing, cajoling, coercion, cheating and outright violence. The evil deeds of this man, read pg 272, like the arbitrary division of Syria in to Iraq, Jordon and Palestine has repercussions to this day in the form of turmoil in the middle east.

The Americans did the right thing in giving them a taste of their own medicine by evicting them by force and this example should have been followed by all the other colonies.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Come on, attempting to compare a true saint like Gandhi to that foul mouthed, ill tempered and mean curmodgeon would be like doing the same with one of Christ's true apostles with Pontius Pilate.

A nice biography of these two men. There is one theme though that runs through and that is the workings of the evil british empire. The way it acquired territories through through the force and the power of the gun and held it through trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, bribing, cajoling, coercion, cheating and outright violence. The evil deeds of this man, read pg 272, like the arbitrary division of Syria in to Iraq, Jordon and Palestine has repercussions to this day in the form of turmoil in the middle east.

The Americans did the right thing in giving them a taste of their own medicine by evicting them by force and this example should have been followed by all the other colonies.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
For Edwin Feulner, With my best wishes, Arthur Herman
  efeulner | May 2, 2014 |
This double historical biography was, IMO, well-written. Not only did the author seem to research his subjects thoroughly, but he wrote with a clear, critical eye, not glossing over the faIlings of either man, nor exaggerating either one's strengths or weaknesses. This novel was well-crafted as well, with the intersections of the lives of Gandhi and Churchill woven together in a way that flowed well, and made the book even more interesting.

This was an outstanding book. It would make a nice gift for history buffs. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Nov 25, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553804634, Hardcover)

In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century, and reveals how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire.

They were born worlds apart: Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamorous aristocratic family, Mohandas Gandhi to a pious middle-class household in a provincial town in India. Yet Arthur Herman reveals how their lives and careers became intertwined as the twentieth century unfolded. Both men would go on to lead their nations through harrowing trials and two world wars—and become locked in a fierce contest of wills that would decide the fate of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire.

Gandhi & Churchill reveals how both men were more alike than different, and yet became bitter enemies over the future of India, a land of 250 million people with 147 languages and dialects and 15 distinct religions—the jewel in the crown of Britain’s overseas empire for 200 years.

Over the course of a long career, Churchill would do whatever was necessary to ensure that India remain British—including a fateful redrawing of the entire map of the Middle East and even risking his alliance with the United States during World War Two.

Mohandas Gandhi, by contrast, would dedicate his life to India’s liberation, defy death and imprisonment, and create an entirely new kind of political movement: satyagraha, or civil disobedience. His campaigns of nonviolence in defiance of Churchill and the British, including his famous Salt March, would become the blueprint not only for the independence of India but for the civil rights movement in the U.S. and struggles for freedom across the world.

Now master storyteller Arthur Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two powerful, charismatic figures and reveals their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is a sweeping epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast, including General Kitchener, Rabindranath Tagore, Franklin Roosevelt, Lord Mountbatten, and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It is also a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure, and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.

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Historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two icons of the twentieth century, revealing how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire. Born worlds apart--Churchill to Britain's most glamorous aristocratic family, Gandhi to a pious middle-class provincial household in India--they led their nations through harrowing trials and became locked in a contest of wills that would decide the fate of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire. More alike than different, they became bitter enemies over the future of India--and Churchill would do whatever was necessary to ensure that India remain British, including a fateful redrawing of the entire map of the Middle East. Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two charismatic figures, revealing their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is an epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast.--From publisher description.… (more)

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