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Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi. The name conjures the image of a man, unimpressive in appearance, simple in his lifestyle, who spent his life pursuing independence for India. Months after the country achieved that independence from Great Britain, Gandhi's life ended when an assassin killed him. But Gandhi's legacy lives on. Gandhi's rise to political and spiritual leadership is the Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi. The name conjures the image of a man, unimpressive in appearance, simple in his lifestyle, who spent his life pursuing independence for India. Months after the country achieved that independence from Great Britain, Gandhi's life ended when an assassin killed him. But Gandhi's legacy lives on. Gandhi's rise to political and spiritual leadership is the incredible saga of a man who, in his youth, showed no signs of greatness but who became one of the most influential men of all time. The civil rights movement that was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. owes its inspiration to Gandhi; the patient suffering of Nelson Mandela in his fight against apartheid grew out of the civil disobedience of Gandhi. Inside you will read about... - Growing up in India - Studying Law in London - Political Activism in South Africa - Becoming the Mahatma - The Battle for Independence in India - The Martyr of India And much more! The twentieth century saw the rise of despots and dictators, charlatans and cowards; it witnessed the evolution of weapons so deadly that whole countries could be destroyed; it incubated the rise of political philosophies and religious extremism that sought to eradicate democracy and mock compassion. But amidst all of the violence and hatred, Gandhi remained steadfast to his beliefs, and his beliefs have changed the world.


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Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi. The name conjures the image of a man, unimpressive in appearance, simple in his lifestyle, who spent his life pursuing independence for India. Months after the country achieved that independence from Great Britain, Gandhi's life ended when an assassin killed him. But Gandhi's legacy lives on. Gandhi's rise to political and spiritual leadership is the Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi. The name conjures the image of a man, unimpressive in appearance, simple in his lifestyle, who spent his life pursuing independence for India. Months after the country achieved that independence from Great Britain, Gandhi's life ended when an assassin killed him. But Gandhi's legacy lives on. Gandhi's rise to political and spiritual leadership is the incredible saga of a man who, in his youth, showed no signs of greatness but who became one of the most influential men of all time. The civil rights movement that was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. owes its inspiration to Gandhi; the patient suffering of Nelson Mandela in his fight against apartheid grew out of the civil disobedience of Gandhi. Inside you will read about... - Growing up in India - Studying Law in London - Political Activism in South Africa - Becoming the Mahatma - The Battle for Independence in India - The Martyr of India And much more! The twentieth century saw the rise of despots and dictators, charlatans and cowards; it witnessed the evolution of weapons so deadly that whole countries could be destroyed; it incubated the rise of political philosophies and religious extremism that sought to eradicate democracy and mock compassion. But amidst all of the violence and hatred, Gandhi remained steadfast to his beliefs, and his beliefs have changed the world.

30 review for Mahatma Gandhi: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Udit Nair

    First of all I must admit that it's a huge task to compress material on a man on whom there are separate branches of studies. So hourly history does a great job in presenting a concise biography. It has mostly covered all the important aspects. One of the highlights is the last chapter which talks about the legacy of gandhi throughout the world. One can summarise it by following- " There is an irony in the fact that the twentieth century, which unleashed the most devastating weapons that human b First of all I must admit that it's a huge task to compress material on a man on whom there are separate branches of studies. So hourly history does a great job in presenting a concise biography. It has mostly covered all the important aspects. One of the highlights is the last chapter which talks about the legacy of gandhi throughout the world. One can summarise it by following- " There is an irony in the fact that the twentieth century, which unleashed the most devastating weapons that human beings had ever used against one another, also nurtured the philosophy that nonviolence would succeed where clubs, bombs, and bullets would ultimately fail." I am yet to witness a war or a conflict which actually solved an issue.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    This was a concise, but well written account of the life of Gandhi. I hadn't known too much about him other than that he was a key figure in India obtaining independence and promoted living by peaceful and nonviolent means. It was interesting in that he gave no foreshadowing of being in influential leader throughout his childhood. He wasn't a particularly bright student at all and after studying law he started his own law practice which ended up as a failure. It was when he took a job South Afric This was a concise, but well written account of the life of Gandhi. I hadn't known too much about him other than that he was a key figure in India obtaining independence and promoted living by peaceful and nonviolent means. It was interesting in that he gave no foreshadowing of being in influential leader throughout his childhood. He wasn't a particularly bright student at all and after studying law he started his own law practice which ended up as a failure. It was when he took a job South Africa and experienced racial injustice because of the color of his skin that he found his true calling. Gandhi was a central figure in obtaining equal rights for Indians living in South Africa, but it took over 20 years of efforts and an 8 year campaign as the leader of an official organization. He endured beatings and narrowly escaped being killed in one incident. However, he always adamantly encouraged his followers to conduct protests and defiance of the law in a non-violent manner. When he returned home to India after more than 20 years in South Africa, he was determined to gain independence for India from the rule of Great Britain. During World War I, many Indians became actively involved in aiding the British, but after the war little changed for them under British rule. It took many years of winning small victories including many arrests and imprisonments to finally achieve independence for India. In one incident, over 400 Indians were slaughtered when British troops opened fire into a crowd. The end result of independence however, did not come as Gandhi had wished. Animosities between the Hindus and the Muslims were never healed and independence came with the division of the country into India and the Muslim country of Pakistan. In the last years of the quest for independence, there were significant incidents of riots and violence between the Hindus and Muslims that resulted in many deaths during the partition into India and Pakistan. One Hindu nationalist, who blamed Gandhi for much of the violence, assassinated him a few years afterward. The entire country mourned his loss with his funeral procession being over 5 miles long. The inspiration of his legacy of non-violent protests lived on and was adopted in later years by leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Although it was a condensed biography, it did cover or at least touch upon the important events throughout Gandhi’s life as well as the criteria that led to the Indian rights in South Africa and India’s independence from Great Britain. I’d recommend the book to people have limited knowledge of Gandhi and wish to learn more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    “I want world sympathy in this battle of Right against Might.” Mahatma Gandhi At the close of the nineteenth century, the British Empire was at its apex. Under the long reign of Queen Victoria, the empire had solidified, allowing the Union Jack to fly auspiciously in every corner of the world. After the Great War (1914-1918), cracks started to appear in this hitherto steel-clad domain. Between that war and the Second World War (1939-1945) great and subtle changes were occurring both home and abro “I want world sympathy in this battle of Right against Might.” Mahatma Gandhi At the close of the nineteenth century, the British Empire was at its apex. Under the long reign of Queen Victoria, the empire had solidified, allowing the Union Jack to fly auspiciously in every corner of the world. After the Great War (1914-1918), cracks started to appear in this hitherto steel-clad domain. Between that war and the Second World War (1939-1945) great and subtle changes were occurring both home and abroad. The status quo was being questioned from an unexpected quarter, by a most extraordinary man, in a most atypical way. This man was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India on October 2, 1869. Born into the Hindu merchant caste, and was educated in England, studying law. When given the choice of an easy or hard road, Gandhi invariably chose the latter. Life for a shy Hindu, Indian in London was not easy. From the differences in food to the dissimilarity in dress and customs, Gandhi had his hands full in staying true to himself and his strong religious beliefs. In 1893, Gandhi, along with his wife, Kasturba, and three children arrived in Natal, South Africa. There he would be confronted, for the first time, with racial discrimination. This too would be the place his life’s work would take form. I gleaned a new and deeper insight into a man that has served as muse, inspiration, and motivator for many prominent personages and leaders after his untimely assassination in 1948. His nonviolent protest movement inspired leaders of a later era such as Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King to adopt the same practices with eventually the same result.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    This is a clear and concise explanation of Gandhi's life and purpose.  It's great for someone who just wants the facts, without a lot of detail.  I thought the info about Gandhi being shy was an interesting fact that wasn't mentioned in other sources.  I also was surprised that he disowned one of his sons.  The book makes a good point that Gandhi was a leader who inspired others, worldwide, to follow in his footsteps.  I did have some questions after reading this, how did Gandhi support himself This is a clear and concise explanation of Gandhi's life and purpose.  It's great for someone who just wants the facts, without a lot of detail.  I thought the info about Gandhi being shy was an interesting fact that wasn't mentioned in other sources.  I also was surprised that he disowned one of his sons.  The book makes a good point that Gandhi was a leader who inspired others, worldwide, to follow in his footsteps.  I did have some questions after reading this, how did Gandhi support himself while crusading for a free India?  What happened to his children?  Otherwise, this is a great, quick read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    Gandhi has been an inspiration to many great leaders for peaceful protest and nonviolent change. He wasn’t a perfect man and, apparently not a great father, but his legacy is still felt today. I didn’t know much about him and found this short book interesting as it told of his early life and the path that brought him to lead India to independence from Britain. The road was filled with turmoil, and he was arrested numerous times, but never abandoned his belief in nonviolence. Great little book th Gandhi has been an inspiration to many great leaders for peaceful protest and nonviolent change. He wasn’t a perfect man and, apparently not a great father, but his legacy is still felt today. I didn’t know much about him and found this short book interesting as it told of his early life and the path that brought him to lead India to independence from Britain. The road was filled with turmoil, and he was arrested numerous times, but never abandoned his belief in nonviolence. Great little book though others have noted tiny factual errors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    Mahatma Gandhi was a great patriot of Indian independence. From his non-violent protests, India recieved freedom from Great Britain. This book provides facts on Gandhi's childhood, life in England and South Africa, life and protests in India, and finally, his death and legacy. Even though I learn a lot about Gandhi that i didn't know, the author didn't provide enough information on Gandhi's life in South Africa. The part about the 'discrimination faced by Indians in South Africa' was written well Mahatma Gandhi was a great patriot of Indian independence. From his non-violent protests, India recieved freedom from Great Britain. This book provides facts on Gandhi's childhood, life in England and South Africa, life and protests in India, and finally, his death and legacy. Even though I learn a lot about Gandhi that i didn't know, the author didn't provide enough information on Gandhi's life in South Africa. The part about the 'discrimination faced by Indians in South Africa' was written well, but it didn't give the actual life of Gandhi when he was in South Africa.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A Persistence for Peace Gandhi’s steadfast persistence in his belief of peace and equality set the tone for civil rights of people of color worldwide. Though his beliefs did not always lead to non-violence among the masses and some individuals; people of color have gained freedom and civil rights thanks to his persistence and guidance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This seems like a good, concise history of Gandhi. He’s painted in a very positive light in these few pages of history. I’d love to go into greater depth about his life but this book is a good jumping off place.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lindholm

    An inspiring leader Ghandi will always be remembered as an example of the power of non-violent protest. This book gives an abbreviated summary of Ghandi us life. I would have been interested in learning more about the people the Ghandi admired. A good introduction Ghandi's life. An inspiring leader Ghandi will always be remembered as an example of the power of non-violent protest. This book gives an abbreviated summary of Ghandi us life. I would have been interested in learning more about the people the Ghandi admired. A good introduction Ghandi's life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Good piece of writing on Mahatma Gandhi. It was refreshing to know the true facts about Mahatma Gandhi by hourly history. They are well researched facts and very detailed. Yet you don't feel like it's too long and boring. Good piece of writing on Mahatma Gandhi. It was refreshing to know the true facts about Mahatma Gandhi by hourly history. They are well researched facts and very detailed. Yet you don't feel like it's too long and boring.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Prakash Manchukonda

    Learned not all about Gandhi, but some points worth knowing.. Learned not all about Gandhi, but some points worth knowing.. Wondering why kindle doesn't want to take the short review... Learned not all about Gandhi, but some points worth knowing.. Learned not all about Gandhi, but some points worth knowing.. Wondering why kindle doesn't want to take the short review...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Incredible piece of work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    S

    This is a simple version of Mahatma Gandhi. Apt for a quick 1 hour read. All important historical happenings were mentioned. This will motivate for further reading for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Francis Bezooyen

    A very short but good overview of Gandhi's life and achievements. A very short but good overview of Gandhi's life and achievements.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vedansh Singh

    Precise book loved it Amazing one of the best I have ever read definitely recommend I also like that it is very precise t

  16. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A comprehensive review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dennis McDonald

    Very well written but a bit too concise. Not enough detail provided to make sense of Partition but definitely enough to make me curious to learn more about this person.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sadiq

  19. 4 out of 5

    rosa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma Cousins

  21. 4 out of 5

    MR K KITTO

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven Hall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Simona Dunn

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abhinav Bhardwaj

  27. 4 out of 5

    Connor McBride

  28. 4 out of 5

    Farokh Contractor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marty Henson

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Coles

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