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What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage Paperback – June 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: OR Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935928791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935928799
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is possibly the best introduction to Mahatmas Gandhi, his life and philosophy. The great service this book provides is that it shows that there were limits to his philosophy of non-violence. Contrary to what is commonly believed about Gandhi, he did not believe that violence should not be employed at all costs. There was a time and place for everything. This book presents a balanced summary to his entire philosophy.
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Professor Finkelstein's book is interesting, not just for civil rights but also is in useful in daily living.

I enjoyed his in depth discussions of what is "satyagrah': both his own personal interpretations and Ghandi's words. His presentation of Ghandhi is not simplistic but reveals the complexity of Ghandhi the person and his philosophy. He writes about Ghandhi's letter to Hitler, his later sleeping habits as a form of 'discipline' which I find unfathomable. I appreciate that Dr. Finkelstein presented a comprehensive view in so little space.

The ideas in the book apply to our daily lives as well as civil rights. For example, I am interested in how to stand up for my own and other's rights without being abusive? What does courage mean in situations where individuals are placed in harms way? Ghandhi's ideas, and Dr. Finkelstein's discussion helps me to think about what I would do every day in my relationship with others.

At the end, Dr. Finkelsteins writes:'The further along it gets nonviolently, the more likely is that the new world will be a better one." Sounds good to me to not back down and to give peace a chance. Thank you.
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I really loved this book. Finkelstein is a great scholar. He has shown a side of Gandhi that I had heard about a bit, but not in this much detail. Great book about a great man (written a by a great man himself!)
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Dr. Finkelstein’s brief book surprised me with its insights. I thought I knew Gandhi, but the author shows that he was not a pacifist. He chose non-violence because that was the only means by which British imperialism could be driven out of India. Finkelstein demonstrates that Gandhi's non-violence was in many respects more brutal than the violence of a military army. Gandhi expected his followers to walk into the guns of the enemy with complete courage and resolve, fully expecting to die. Few soldiers face those kinds of odds on a daily, weekly and monthly basis as did Gandhi’s followers.

Furthermore, the author is passionately committed to mercy and justice for the Palestinian people, and it’s my prayer that the Palestinian masses will heed this call to the only path to victory open to them at present, in their battle with the massive state power of the Israelis: the tactics of Gandhi.

As noted this book is brief, but the scholarship behind it is not shallow. Finkelstein read exhaustively in Gandhi’s papers, including portions seldom if ever quoted. This book is yet another significant contribution to human knowledge by a scholar who has suffered ritual defamation and loss of employment, and his teaching career itself, for his beliefs.
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