In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a twenty-three-year-old briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. The two decades that he spent in South Africa were to be the making of the Mahatma. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha explores the range of Gandhi’s friendships, his successes as a community leader and his failures as a husband and father.
Ramachandra Guha’s many books include a pioneering work of environmental history (The Unquiet Woods, 1989), an award-winning social history of sport (A Corner of a Foreign Field, 2002) and a widely acclaimed and bestselling work of contemporary history (India after Gandhi, 2007). Guha’s awards include the R.K. Narayan Prize, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Ramnath Goenka Award and the Padma Bhushan. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by the Yale University. In 2015, he won the Fukuoka Prize for his contributions to Asian culture and scholarship.