By Erik H. Erikson. Price, $10.00. Pp 474. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., Publishers, 55 Fifth Ave, New York 10003, 1969.
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It takes a great man to write a book about a great man and both the author and his subject fit this description. Erikson has previously written Childhood and Society and Identity: Youth and Crisis, both of which brought fresh insights into the stagnant areas of childhood and adolescence. His volume entitled Young Man Luther is a fascinating psychohistorical inquiry. The author is not only a psychoanalyst, but also an educator, a social scientist, and a poetic writer. I would place a man combining these attributes as a distinguished humanist, a fitting person to understand Gandhi and interpret him to the world as no biographer has previously done.
In 1962 Erikson was invited to lead a seminar in Ahmedabad, India, the place of Gandhi's first strike on behalf of the millworkers where, in fact, he tested out strategies and tactics later to be applied
Grinker RR. Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(6):766. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740240126021