An Autobiography Additional Summary

Mahatma Gandhi


(Student Guide to World Philosophy)

Additional Reading

Chadha, Yogesh. Gandhi: A Life. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1998. Retelling the story of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s life, Chadha captures the essence of the man—a political powerhouse of unshakeable faith who used nonviolence to rattle the branches of the great British Empire. This balanced, objective account of the life and influence of Gandhi separates the man from the myth, documenting key events in his intellectual, spiritual, and political development.

Easwaran, Eknath, and Michael N. Nagler. Gandhi, the Man: The Story of His Transformation. Tomales, Calif.: Nilgiri Press, 1997. This very accessible text follows the spiritual development of one of the most influential men of the twentieth century. It focuses primarily on the influence of the Bhagavad Gt on Gandhi’s life.

Gandhi, Mohandas K. All Men Are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as Told in His Own Words. Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1958. This selection of Gandhi’s writings and speeches covers topics in politics, economics, education, and religion.

Gandhi, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s Letters to a Disciple. London: Victor Gollancz, 1950. Madaleine Slade, known as Mira, the daughter of a British admiral, became one of Gandhi’s most famous disciples in the early 1920’s. In effect, Mira became a spiritual daughter of Gandhi, whom she called bapu (father), like most of the common people in India. When she and Gandhi were separated, usually when Gandhi was traveling or in prison, they would exchange letters. The letters rarely touch on the major political and social battles of the times; instead, they focus on everyday events in the lives of the people surrounding Gandhi.

Huttenback, Robert A. Gandhi in South Africa. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1971. This is a detailed monograph on Gandhi’s years in South Africa. Huttenback traces the origins of the problems Gandhi faced and details the solutions for which Gandhi worked.

Iyer, Raghavan. The Moral and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973. In this highly detailed work, Raghavan explores the conceptual foundations of Gandhi’s religious, moral, and political ideologies and their interconnections. He is also interested in showing how much deeper Gandhi’s philosophy was than the applications of most of his followers (especially his political followers) might suggest.