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Gandhi Before India

Written by: Ramachandra Guha
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
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Ramachandra Guha - hailed by Time as "Indian democracy's preeminent chronicler" - takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Guha has uncovered myriad previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and coworkers; contemporary newspapers and court documents; the writings of Gandhi's children; and secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. 

Using this wealth of material in an exuberant, brilliantly nuanced and detailed narrative, Guha describes the social, political, and personal worlds inside of which Gandhi began the journey that would earn him the honorific Mahatma: "Great Soul". And, more clearly than ever before, he elucidates how Gandhi's work in South Africa - far from being a mere prelude to his accomplishments in India - was profoundly influential in his evolution as a family man, political thinker, social reformer, and, ultimately, beloved leader.

Researched with unequaled depth and breadth, and written with extraordinary grace and clarity, Gandhi Before India will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of 20th-century India's greatest man.

©2013 Ramachandra Guha (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Great stories of Gandi during days away from India

we have know the stories and struggles of Mahatma during his fight against British in India..but this books explains in great detail about his days in London, Dublin and Johannesburg. how he fought against the system not by violence but by non-violence. how he was tough person to negotiate as he always he spoke to the spirit by touching and strengthening the moral fibers. how Gandhi practiced self improvement and send abasement. i would say a must read for book reader.

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Very interesting.

I've read several Gandhi bios and this expands on previous reads. You will like it.

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Best account of Gandhi's lesser known years

A wonderful account of the years that made Gandhi what he was. those years are often overlooked while narrating his story.

The narrator has done a great job of narration. The writer Guha needs no validations; he's a legend already.

A must read for any history lover.