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Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

Joseph Lelyveld
In conversation with Nicholas Goldberg
Thursday, April 5, 2012
01:15:19
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Episode Summary
Lelyveld, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, offers an intricate portrait of Gandhi's conflicted mission. After shaping his philosophy of nonviolent resistance during his time in South Africa, Gandhi promoted these social values back in his native India. Although India quickly revered the \"Great Soul,\" Gandhi's following only contributed a small part to the social transformation he imagined. In this new biography, Lelyveld brings us closer to one of history's most remarkable self-creations and one of the twentieth century's most inspiring figures.

Participant(s) Bio
Joseph Lelyveld's interest in Gandhi dates back to tours in India and South Africa as a correspondent for The New York Times, where he worked for nearly four decades, ending up as executive editor from 1994 to 2001. His book on apartheid, Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White, won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He is also the author of Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop.

Nicholas Goldberg joined the Los Angeles Times in 2002 as editor of the editorial pages and the Sunday Opinion section. He became deputy editor of the editorial pages in 2008 and a year later was named editor of the editorial pages, a position that gives him overall responsibility for The Times' opinion coverage. As a former reporter and editor at Newsday, he worked as Middle East bureau chief from 1995 to 1998. His writing has been widely published.


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