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Gandhi: An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth

Monday 14/May/2018 - 08:18 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance، which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a new foreword، noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi's "attitude of experimenting، of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny، what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances،"in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities.

All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust، founded by Gandhi، for use in carrying on his work.

Paperback: 560 pages
Author: Mohandas K. Gandhi
Publisher: Beacon Press (November 1، 1993)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 8 inches

About the Author
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) was a lawyer and the prominent figure behind India’s push for independence from British rule. He followed the philosophies of pacifism، believing in the importance of the nonviolent approach to protesting. He documented his influential life in An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

Born and raised in Western India to a Hindu family، Gandhi received barrister training in London. He first experienced institutional racial discrimination in South Africa، which spurred him to his first actions in leading group-based nonviolent civil disobedience. He later returned to India and led protests against British colonialism، excessive taxation، and racial discrimination.

Known as 'the Father of the Nation،" Gandhi was instrumental in the fight for religious pluralism and Indian independence. He was assassinated in 1948.


Editorial Reviews
From Amazon.com
Gandhi's nonviolent struggles in South Africa and India had already brought him to such a level of notoriety، adulation، and controversy that when asked to write an autobiography midway through his career، he took it as an opportunity to explain himself. Although accepting of his status as a great innovator in the struggle against racism، violence، and، just then، colonialism، Gandhi feared that enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding. He says that he was after truth rooted in devotion to God and attributed the turning points، successes، and challenges in his life to the will of God. His attempts to get closer to this divine power led him to seek purity through simple living، dietary practices (he called himself a fruitarian)، celibacy، and ahimsa، a life without violence. It is in this sense that he calls his book The Story of My Experiments with Truth، offering it also as a reference for those who would follow in his footsteps. A reader expecting a complete accounting of his actions، however، will be sorely disappointed.

Although Gandhi presents his episodes chronologically، he happily leaves wide gaps، such as the entire satyagraha struggle in South Africa، for which he refers the reader to another of his books. And writing for his contemporaries، he takes it for granted that the reader is familiar with the major events of his life and of the political milieu of early 20th-century India. For the objective story، try Yogesh Chadha's Gandhi: A Life. For the inner world of a man held as a criminal by the British، a hero by Muslims، and a holy man by Hindus، look no further than these experiments. --Brian Bruya

From the Publisher
All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust، founded by Gandhi، for use in carrying on his work.

“Here is an autobiography more captivating than fiction and more stimulating than romantic adventure. It is the most revealing study of the human soul that I have ever read.”
—The Christian Century

“An absorbing book that stands alone in frankness and plain honesty...Its place among the classics of autobiography cannot be in doubt.”
—The New Statesman

“An amazingly frank self-revelation of the greatest and humblest modern man.”
—The Annals

“It is...only by reading the whole long and detailed day-by-day record that readers can sense the magic of Gandhi’s being and discover him fully.”
—Saturday Review

“(Gandhi’s) autobiography remains invaluable for its account of the shaping of a new path to collective resistance to injustice.”
—From the foreword by Sissela Bok

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