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Summary Gandhi Churchill The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

Ills that would decide the fates of countries continents 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. Gandhi and Churchill by Arthur Herman is a fine dual biography of Mohandas Gandhi and Winston Churchill This book is also an historical overview of the decline of the British Empire and the rise of Indian independence While these two historical processes were inevitable and transcended any particular individual it s fair to say that Gandhi and Churchill were the human faces of these two developments And it s also fair to say that each man tried to impose at times successfully and at other times unsuccessfully his own vision on these processes The dual biography template works for the most part in this case By emphasizing their relationship and comparingcontrasting their similarities and differences Herman brings to light some interesting aspects of each man s life For Herman these men were dueling partners in the midst of great historical events Their paths and goals wove in and out of each other s lives and at times they bumped and collided While this dual biography template approach reveals interesting aspects of each man s life it also conceals other aspects and occasionally feels a little forced It s fair to say that fighting Churchill was not the sole focus of Gandhi s life nor was battling Gandhi the sole focus of Churchill s life Gandhi s main goal included but importantly transcended India s political independence It was the promotion of the soul force truth religious pluralism and nonviolence Churchill s main goal in life whether it was dealing with Roosevelt Stalin or Gandhi was preserving the British Empire Certainly maintaining control of India the Empire s Crown Jewel was part of that goal but not the entire goal Still Herman has produced two good biographies here of two of the most important and interesting figures of the 20th Century And he pulls no punches in showing each man s flaws and failures All in all this is a fine book which I enjoyed reading and recommend to anyone interested in 20th Century history If someone wants to read a fuller biography of Churchill I recommend William Manchester s three volume The Last Lion Note I listened to the Recorded Books Unabridged Audiobook Release Date10 25 08

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Gandhi Churchill The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

In this fascinating and meticulously researched book bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century and reveals how their forty year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British EmpireThey were born worlds apart Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamor. It s a a decent book is what I can say It gets a few things right but the problem is it leaves a lot of topics hanging in mid air For example in one of the chapters there was this sentence Gandhi almost killed his son Harilal with his experiments or something along the same lines It is a very offhand remark to make Gandhi in his autobiography explains in detail this specific incident He perceived the incident as a test of his moralsprinciples The doctors diagnose his son to be affected with flusmall pox not sure as to which and advice Gandhi to provide non vegetarian food Gandhi refuses to do so and the turmoil he goes through is described in his autobiography To make such a remark without narrating the events preceding and following it does not make sense to me Such comments are scattered across the book It paints an incorrect picture about the characters involved Apart from this major drawback the book was otherwise a good read This was my first experience of reading about Winston Churchill so I was intrigued about that and felt that the book did a decent job in that area One of the predominant themes of the book was that the author portrays both Churchill and Gandhi to be politically driven as if that was their sole ambition throughout their life I can t comment about Churchill as this was my first book about him but I m uite sure that Gandhi wasn t He did not even think about the idea of an Independent India till probably 19061910For those readers who want to know about Gandhi DO NOT start with this book Read My Experiments with Truth before you start with any other book about him

Arthur Herman é 5 review

Ous aristocratic family Mohandas Gandhi to a pious middle class household in a provincial town in India Yet Arthur Herman reveals how their lives and careers became intertwined as the twentieth century unfolded Both men would go on to lead their nations through harrowing trials and two world wars and become locked in a fierce contest of w. This is an epic book about two icons of history esp that of the 20th century It links them in a way that I had not previously known as well as recounts their individual journeys compellingly and completely Both emerge from the respectful treatment as fully human Gandhi revealed to be a leader whose followers often didn t and who had most of his protests turn out to be unsuccessful Churchill revealed to have been bigoted bullheaded and lucky because he ascended to the Prime Ministership barely and at the right moment in history to deliver his country from its time of trial and then was cast aside virtually immediately thereafter both revealed to be diffident husbands and Gandhi a barely involved father This being said or perhaps because of it I couldn t put it down it is a great read In addition as adroitly as the author paints the journeys of the two protagonists he also deftly places them in a compelling recounting of the historical era of which they were such influential members This results in a fabulous book that is important too These were two lions of the age whose influence is still felt to this day and we know them better and appreciate them fully because of this book


10 thoughts on “Gandhi Churchill The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

  1. says:

    History written as the acts of “Great Men” makes for fun reading but inaccurate historiography While the author is presumably from this school these two erstwhile great men—Gandhi and Churchill—seem often wretched delusional dogmatic and odious Their lives were intertwined with the fate of both India and Britain but it is unclear who the hero is and who’s the villain at any time—massive blood on th

  2. says:

    This book helped me understand Churchill fully and in a way that comprehensive tomes did not It also filled a g

  3. says:

    It's a a decent book is what I can say It gets a few things right but the problem is it leaves a lot of topics hanging in mid air For example in one of the chapters there was this sentence Gandhi almost killed his son Harilal with his experiments or something along the same lines It is a very offhand remark to make Gandhi in his

  4. says:

    Great exercise in demythologizing especially of GandhiIt has been said of French president Clemenceau that he had one illusi

  5. says:

    This is an epic book about two icons of history esp that of the 20th century It links them in a way that I had not previously known as well as recounts their individual journeys compellingly and completely Both eme

  6. says:

    written for another purposeI am no historian or even a scholar who is well versed in the material that this book concerns itself with Therefor

  7. says:

    Gandhi and Churchill were among the most influential men of the 20th century born within five years of each other 4000 miles apart Though they met only once their lives values and goals would clash head on several times Arthur Herman writes a very readable book which includes not only the lives of these two Titans but i

  8. says:

    Gandhi and Churchill by Arthur Herman is a fine dual biography of Mohandas Gandhi and Winston Churchill This book is also an historical overview of the decline of the British Empire and the rise of Indian independence While these two historical processes were inevitable and transcended any particular individual

  9. says:

    I loved this book and I learned a lot about both men and the times in both countries and beyond The narrator was uite good and this was an excellent commute listen and also kept me company during a part of my shoulder recovery

  10. says:

    This is yet another one of those books about to historic figures who might be part of the same story but spent hardly any time looking each other in the eye In the case of Gandhi and Churchill they met in person wants in about 1905 when Gandhi was a young attorney dressed up like an English man coming to London from South Africa