Happy Friday friends! Today I want to do a segment on here that I like to call, SheBeShe’s Book Speil. I just finished a pretty lengthy, history-packed book and thought it would be fun and interesting to any of my bibliophiles out there!
Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged our Age, by Arthur Herman. If that isn’t a title, I’m not sure what is. The novel opens up with the birth of two people in history that are hard to forget. Only five years of age difference between the two people there lives continuously interlocked each other and what could have been a strong friendship, turned into an enemy crisis. The book goes from the day of each of their births to the day of their deaths and funerals.
One of my favorite things and what I tend to look for in a book that I’m going to read is something that I can learn from, whether that be history, art, philosophy, etc. I didn’t realize it until after I finished the book, but I learned so much not only about these two figures, The the whole time period in which they lived as well. Another aspect of the talk that I really enjoyed was the perspective not through American eyes. I am so used to reading books from the perspective of the United States, it was a pleasant and eye-opening phenomenon. I hadn’t realized how much I learned until I went to class the next day and was able to answer all these random questions brought forth to the class when discussing different histories around the world.
While this book was more on the link the side I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to know a little more about these two men and periods of their existence. I hope you all enjoyed the segment, a semi-book review of a great book worth the review.
“In a gentle way you can shake the world” -Gandhi.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life” -Churchill.