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December 1969

Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(6):766. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740240126021

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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

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