A Letter from the Publisher

Robert Ellsberg


This year marks the 50th anniversary of many events that continue to reverberate in our time. But this month I remember another anniversary: the 70th anniversary of the death of Mohandas Gandhi, who was assassinated on January 30, 1948. In his book Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth, James Douglass explores the circumstances of that death, showing how those who conspired to kill Gandhi hoped to destroy a compelling vision of peace, nonviolence, and reconciliation. The relevance of that vision—in a time of mounting fears of war and terror, of growing inequality, of intolerance between differing religions, and threats to our planet—has never been more evident. Yet is it simply an idealistic dream?

Gandhi believed that the same spirit of nonviolence he embraced as a principle of life could be harnessed into a principle of effective political struggle. That is because he believed that nonviolence offered a means of struggle rooted in the nature of reality itself—an underlying principle of unity deeper than the apparent conflicts and divisions of life. Among his contributions was to awaken Christians to the forgotten peace message of Jesus.


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