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If we think about those people of the 20th century whose influence will reach far beyond their lifetimes, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi should be near the top of the list. A shy schoolboy, a foreign law student, an indifferent barrister, Gandhi's firsthand experience with racist degradation in South Africa transformed him into a political powerhouse that would shake the British empire to its foundations. His program of Satyagraha, or nonviolent civil disobedience, would also provide the blueprint for similar peaceful rebellions across the globe. Yogesh Chadha retells the story of Gandhi's life with a reverence tempered by the realities of a comp... Rest of this review on the detail page
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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... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Recent years have seen numerous books about the looming threat posed to Western society by biological and chemical terrorism, by narcoterrorists, and by the unpredictable leaders of rogue nations. Some of these works have been alarmist. Some have been sensible and measured. But none has been by Loch Johnson. Johnson, author of the acclaimed Secret Agencies and "an experienced overseer of intelligence" (Foreign Affairs), here examines the present state and future challenges of American strategic intelligence. Written in his trademark style--dubbed "highly readable" by ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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