A while ago I came up with a theory (to use word in the loosest possible sense) that all biographies, particularly autobiographies, should be read in companion with another book from a different source. Only then can the reader truly achieve a reasonable understanding of the subject. With insight and imagination I called it the ‘companion books theory’ and mentioned it again in my John Wooden biography post.
I was reminded of the concept when watching an interview with Ramachandra Guha, the author of a new Gandhi biography. As someone who has obviously read my blog, he begins with the statement ‘you can’t trust a subject’s autobiography’. He goes on to talk about Gandhi’s life and pose questions such as what would have happened if he had been better at being a lawyer. Interesting and entertaining by itself.
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