For the past few days, I am reading :-
a) Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
b) Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
Both books describe the 1930s and 1940s and opposite philosophies , I would say. Too early to judge/compare these books , right now but my thoughts are now on Gandhi.
Some parts of "Freedom at Midnight" evoke strong emotions, but some parts of the book (if very credible) just describe Mahatma Gandhi's very complex character. I just cannot understand why he did what he did. Some of his actions represent what is called as the "conscience of india" . Deep down in our DNA I have seen many people (especially the older generation) who have that "sacrifice is everything in life" kind of attitude. But he is a leader who is more like a working class hero - who understood India so well!
The Third Reich , on the other hand (once again, if the book is very credible), describes the mind of a maniac. A military demagogue who is misled by some of the most cranky philosophies and blind patriotism is able to convey his strong emotions to his countrymen. But once again a great leader and a master strategist. We can learn quite a bit from this book.