- Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc (June 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0844667439
- ISBN-13: 978-0844667430
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence
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Profound and enlightening. . . . Expands our grasp of some of the ultimate questions of our time. --Robert Jay Lifton"
It is the triumph of Erikson's book that in uncovering the inner sources of Gandhi's power it does not dissolve but deepens his inherent moral ambiguity. . . . [This] penetrating book . . . deepens out understanding not only of the inward sources of personal greatness but those, as well, of its self-defeat. --Clifford Geertz"
Gandhi's Truth, even more brilliantly than its predecessor, Young Man Luther, shows that psychoanalytic theory, in the hands of an interpreter both resourceful and wise, can immeasurably enrich the study of 'great lives' and of much else besides. . . . [The book's] richness and almost inexhaustible suggestiveness . . . cannot be conveyed in a summary. --Christopher Lasch" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Unfortunately, Mr. Erikson spends half of the book going over himself. Why he wants to analyze Gandhi, how Gandhi is really very similar to Freud, and various ruminations on the inherent problems of getting to know the "other." Another quarter of the book is simply wasted on senseless words. Mr. Erikson seems to have real trouble using one word when thirty will do. The portion of the book that actually talks about Gandhi is solid and enjoyable. Too bad it makes up such a small portion of the book.
I have not read other books about Gandhi. Specifically, I haven't read his autobiography. Maybe it's just really dificult to get solid information on this incredibly famous man. Maybe Erikson included the sum of what was known about Gandhi in his work. Somehow, I doubt it.
I find Gandhi to be fascinating and I'm very interested in learning more about this impressive man. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book to start with.