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on 25 March 2007
This, by any standards, is a remarkable story of a remarkable man, and of course part of the history of India's struggle for independence. All this makes it a compelling read. Fischer details Gandhi's struggle against the South African government, and then the fight against British rule in India. But as important was the problem of Indian national identity - was there any such thing, and was the road to Partition inevitable?

I couldn't help but reflect that Britain was very fortunate in facing an adversary like Gandhi - the end of British rule might have been even more messy and bloody than it was had it not been for his influence. Could any other culture have produced a figure such as Gandhi, who recognised the damage that imperialism did both to India and to the British.

Fischer's biography was published originally in 1951, only three years after the death of Gandhi. This adds value to the work, not least because the author met Gandhi on a few occasions and was able to add accounts of these meetings enliven his book. To be fair, this is a much more balanced view of Gandhi than I expected.
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on 5 January 2000
Louis Fischer does his subject justice with a fine account of Gandhi's life. Despite the long duration of the Mahatma's struggle, the author keeps the book interesting pretty much throughout. Fischer's two first hand accounts of his meetings with Gandhi serve as a plesent break in the course of the book, giving it greater life, as well as providing a more personal insight into Gandhi. Thankfully the author remains well clear of blind adoration for the man, highlighting both his flaws and weaknesses. The only short coming is that the book was written before the rise of M.L. King and Nelson Mandela, thus fails to address the full influence Gandhi had and will have beyond India. Overall, I whole heartedly recommend this book of such an important subject, which was also the inspiration for the film.
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on 30 November 2003
This book is superb. I have read several books about the Mahatma and this is far and away the finest. It is beautifully and sensitively written with plenty of detail which is always fascinating - I couldn't put it down. It is thanks to this book that Sir Richard Attenborough made the film and he himself said it was "the best biography of Gandhi". What more praise do you need?
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on 1 October 2003
This is easily one of the finest authobiographies about Mahatma Ghandi. It is written with considerable skill and sensitivity, giving readers a very realistic and fascinating insight into the lifestyle, teaching and practices of Ghandi, within the context of an occupied India (and racially segregated South Africa). Louis Fischer has attempted (and in my opinion, succeeded) to allow the reader glimpses of the mind of Ghandi, his ideas, his beliefs and how they shaped him into the remarkable man considered to be the Father of India. It is, however, a balanced portrayal, and accounts for the Mahatma's failures as well as his successes - and tends to go beyond the myth and awe that surrounds Ghandi. The result is a gripping, fascinating and very real story.
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This book shows very clearly Gandhi's dedication to peaceful protest, spiritual development and open, honest living. It is this lesson that you take away from this book more than anything else. He lived his life with dedication and integrity and the book shows that immensely well. A clear, lucid read and highly enjoyable and inspiring.

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on 14 March 2011
A fantastic book. Never afraid to show Gandhi's human sides, such as turning up to court in South Africa with a collar covered in starch and his often tricky relationship with his sons, but never afraid to show how brilliant a man he was. This is very well written and, for a book that is almost 700 pages long, never feels slow or lacks interest. Even if don't think you're interested in Gandhi, you must read this book because I assure you that you will be fascinated by the end of the first page and won't ever lose interest in either this book, or Gandhi himself.
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on 4 April 2011
Louis Fischer has produced a fine biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 - 1948). Ghandhi was a pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha which is a philosophy and practice, founded upon ahimsa (nonviolence), of resistance through mass civil disobedience. Satyagraha theory influenced Nelson Mandela's struggle in South Africa under apartheid, Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaigns during the civil rights movement in the United States and many other social justice and similar movements. This concept helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is often referred to as Mahatma or "Great Soul" (magnanimous), an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). In India he is also called Bapu "Father" and officially honored in India as the Father of the Nation. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948.

Also of interest may be An Autobiography: Or The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Ghandi, the award winning movie Gandhi (2 Disc Special Edition) and The Essential Writings of Gandhi.
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on 29 November 2010
This book offers a detailed overview of Gandhi's whole life. It talks briefly about his teenage years and time in England. It also documents the struggle for equality that he faced during his time in South Africa, and it of course is highly detailed about the fight for indian independence. This is a great book and offers a scope on some of the thinking that Gandhi had behind his many fasts and civil disobedience. Recommended for everyone and anyone.
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on 1 October 2014
An outstanding account of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. Louis Fischer brings out the full sweep of world events which were the stage for Gandhi's astounding political achievements. But he also captures the essence of the humble man driven by deeply spiritual convictions, who wanted more than anything for the people of the world to live together in love and peace. Reading this book some 65 years later I was struck by just how much of Gandhi's thinking reflected the key issues for our world in the 21st Century: the desperate need to resolve our conflicts with non-violent means, the difficulty of getting different religious and ethnic communities to live side by side in peace, and teaching people to appreciate a simple life which rejects the materialism which is slowly but surely destroying our planet. Gandhi's insight and spirit is needed more today than ever before.
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on 21 July 2001
Recently, I visited Ghandhinagar in Gujarat where I found that the people still have a high regard for "Gandhiji" - I decided to find out more from Louis Fischer's excellent book.

If Gandhi had indeed lived to 125, he would still be campaigning for Swaraj and would undoubtedly still be saddened that India and Pakistan have entered the nuclear age.

Louis Fischer's account was easy to read, though I found the passages on Gandhi's religion heavy going. The mix of history, personal memories, and detail on Gandhi's life made this one of the most enjoyable biographies I've read.
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