From School Library Journal
Grade 7 & Up--A well-researched biography of India's first female prime minister. Both her remarkable life, including her triumphs and mistakes, and the history of present-day India receive attention. Dommermuth-Costa presents Gandhi's life within the context of the lives of her father and grandfather, who fought for India's independence. The book traces the woman's turbulent childhood and adolescence as she witnessed family and friends imprisoned repeatedly as they struggled against British colonial rule. Their fight would soon become hers as she eventually succeeded her father, Jawaharlal Nehru. Several chapters focus on Gandhi's ascent from emissary for her father's fledgling government to her own election in 1966. The text gives substantial attention to India's conflicts with other nations, as well as to its own domestic problems, and the prime minister's responses to them. The final chapters deal with her loss of office after political unrest, her reelection in 1980, and finally, her assassination by her own bodyguards in 1984. Many black-and-white photos are included. A good source for information on the woman and her land.Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City
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