Shelfari edited the description of Gandhi Thursday, August 6, 2009.
The problem with saints is, they are not interesting. Albert Einstein's quotation about Gandhi ("Generations to come...will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.") is overdone. Thus William L. Shirer's contribution is a welcome breath of fresh air. He paints a man who is not only a saintly apostle on non-violence, but a shrewd politician, an impious wit, a revolutionary whose zeal was balanced by charity. Shirer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, became a personal friend of Mahatma Gandhi when he covered the independence movement in India for the Chicago Tribune. His book shed light on a man who not only influenced history, but pointed the way for Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement in the United States.