April 2nd, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Book of the week on the great soul of Mahatma Gandhi

This week's book of the week is Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India. It's by Joseph Lelyved, the former editor of the New York Times.

It's not a conventional biography. It tells the story of a how a young Indian lawyer went to South Africa politically inactive and was transformed into this great leader of a mass nonviolent resistance movement.

How did Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi become Mahatma Gandhi?

A fascinating story.

Topics: Book of the Week • GPS Show • India

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Raj

    This is a book with a very misleading title. The snippet about this book is also uninformed and says nothing about the actual contents of the book.

    April 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  2. Onesmallvoice

    Is that why Winston Churchill hated this man with a burning passion? That's one thing no history teacher talks about since they don't wish to offend the British. Then again,they never do!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply
  3. Sanchit


    I hold you in high regard and your book recommendations are thus taken seriously. I expected this book to be a worthwhile read since you recommended it but I have to say that I am highly disappointed in you for recommending such a book. I am not against the free speech and support different analysis of situations, personalities,countries and such but to intentionally write a provocative book that maligns the Man who got us freedom is unacceptable.Gandhi was a human and to err is human – no doubt about that.But for all that he did for generations to come, I believe he deserves to be let go of such ludicrous accusations like racist and homoerotic.Fareed – you may not have been running such a successful show had it not been for the freedom that Gandhi and thousand other freedom-fighters gave us.You and I have a lot to be thankful for and the least we can do is hold our heroes at their pedestals.By recommending this book, you have allowed this hero to be brought down from the pedestal and be analyzed like any other person.I certainly did not expect this from you.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  4. Jerry Benson

    What was the recommended book for Sunday March 18, 2012?

    March 20, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply

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