Gandhi and Churchill: The Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

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Random House, Jan 26, 2010 - History - 736 pages

Mohandas Gandhi and Winston Churchill: India's moral leader and Great Britain's greatest Prime Minister. Born five years and seven thousand miles apart, they became embodiments of the nations they led. Both became living icons, idolized and admired around the world. Today, they remain enduring models of leadership in a democratic society.

Yet the truth was Churchill and Gandhi were bitter enemies throughout their lives. This book reveals, for the first time, how that rivalry shaped the twentieth century and beyond. For more than forty years, from 1906 to 1948, Gandhi and Churchill were locked in a tense struggle for the hearts and minds of the British public, and of world opinion. Although they met only once, their titanic contest of wills would decide the fate of nations, continents, peoples, and ultimately an Empire.

Here is a sweeping epic with a fascinating supporting cast, and a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure - and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.

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I was fascinated by this comparative biography which looks critically at Gandhi and Churchill, two men who have been much idealized and mythologized. Read full review

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Come on, attempting to compare a true saint like Gandhi to that foul mouthed, ill tempered and mean curmodgeon would be like doing the same with one of Christ's true apostles with Pontius Pilate. A ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Arthur Herman is the author of To Rule the Waves, The Scottish Enlightenment, The Idea of Decline in Western History and Joseph McCarthy. He has been a professor of history at Georgetown University, Catholic University, George Mason University and the University of the South. He served as the coordinator of the Western Heritage Program at the Smithsonian and has been the recipient of Fulbright, Mellon and Newcombe Foundation grants. He lives in Virginia.

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