Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age - Arthur Herman

Arthur Herman’s dual biography, Gandhi And Churchill (Bantam, $20), is a gripping tale of two colorful, stubborn giants of the 20th century who struggled to define the future of the British imperial presence in colonial India.  Both men represented the ironies in British-Indian history: Churchill, the ambitious Raj, spent much of his childhood in India and hoped to invigorate the British Empire, while Gandhi, opposed to the Raj, was so committed to humanitarian action that he was part of an ambulance corps that tended to British wounded in the Boer War. Herman’s book is a wonderful narrative about a longstanding conflict where both sides are completely right and each side is partly wrong.  I loved this book for its perspective on how a no-win diplomatic rivalry overcame so many hurdles on the path to independence. The tragedy of this story is that the great triumph brokered by Gandhi and Churchill, a free India, quickly dissolved into religious and ethnic divisiveness as Muslim Pakistan and Bangladesh established their own independent states.

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ISBN: 9780553383768
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bantam - April 28th, 2009