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.
"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."
"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."
"(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