(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

A spiritual leader of India, Gandhi followed a way of life completely unfamiliar to young Americans. Even some of his fellow Indians had trouble understanding his beliefs and actions, yet he changed the lives of millions of people in his own nation and in others. Gandhi's ideas influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work for equal rights for black Americans. Coolidge's biography helps young people understand why Gandhi's followers called him "Mahatma," or "great soul," and analyzes both the motivations and tactics behind his pursuit of freedom and brotherhood for all.

(The entire section is 91 words.)