Monday, March 28, 2011
Mohandas Gandhi Biography: Book Says Indian Independence Leader Was Politically Inept, Self-Important, Sexually Deviant
Mohandas Gandhi Biography: Book Says Indian Independence Leader Was Politically Inept, Self-Important, Sexually Deviant: "Mohandas Gandhi may have been a great man, leading India to independence, but he was also a great jerk, leading a life of racism, self-promotion, sexual weirdness, and cruelty—or so says the new biography Great Soul, by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld. Gandhi's early biographers dubbed him a 'moral demi-god,' but Lelyveld's book shows a much more human image. 'Gandhi was therefore the archetypal 20th-century progressive intellectual,' writes Andrew Roberts in his review in the Wall Street Journal, 'professing his love for mankind as a concept while actually despising people as individuals.'"