He had incredible drive, was a major political leader and pioneered the use of non-violent resistance. He has inspired civil rights movements all over the world. But he was not a saint. He was a pacifist, but the treatment of his wife and son was cruel; a self denying ascetic who preached the virtues of chastity, but who sexually experimented with female devotees and teenage great nieces; and a political radical who declared resistance to racism, but whose vision for India was almost of a medieval society. Fascinating.
An elegant and masterly account of one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century history, Adams presents for the first time the true story behind the man whose life may truly be said to have changed the world.