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Rani Singh's biography of Sonia Gandhi is an intimate and insightful portrait of an extraordinary woman... a compelling and important story of tragedy, family and a nation on an upward trajectory. (Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State)

About the Author

Rani Singh is a London-based journalist who has worked with BBC television and radio for over 15 years. She is known for her investigative reports and documentaries from India and Pakistan. She commented on the region for CNN and NBC News, and has written for The Observer News Service, The Spectator, Lloyd's List, and The Huffington Post. Rani is an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023010441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230104419
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlineDobbie on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book which was given to me whilst in India in March of this year. I was born in India and am exactly the same age as Sonia. I grew up being close childhood friends with Sunil Nehru mentioned in the book and his two brothers; I new Rajiv and Sanjay briefly when we were teenagers. Several of the people quoted in the book are known to me or I have met them or interacted with them. It was enjoyable because of that background but sadly it is very deferential which is the fault most associated with Indians and their politics and aspirations. The English is truly appalling which is disappointing as the author apparently has a BBC provenance as well and working out of London. Rahul Gandhi the heir apparent in a political dynasty allegedly said 'It is undemocratic that the Congress is still led by a Gandhi. But it's the reality...My position give me certain privileges. It is a fact of life in India that success in politics depends on who you know or are related to. I want to change the system.' Well get on and do so. Again I quote 'The level of rottenness, bribery and dishonesty does not abate and it is pretty evenly spread across the political spectrum. A spate of corruption scandals almost paralyzed a whole winter session of parliament.' Rahul and Sonia continue apparently to rail against corruption... add to that pure bad governance, lethargy and self aggrandizement amongst geriatric ministers who no longer have vision for India or know how to steer her into the 21st century and that is the sad state of affairs and I just have to ask What has Sonia Gandhi achieved, other than supreme continuance of her family in power and influence?Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chanakya on June 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Most of the stuff is just fluff and completely false.looks like its written by a sycophant.
The fact that this family just can't let go of india and treats it as if its their personal property is breathtaking.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pillans on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I didn't know very much about Sonia Gandhi before I read it but I was pulled right in at the beginning by the fated love story and kept interested by the fascinating stories of the different characters made all the more compelling by how decent and good Sonia Gandhi seems to be (and her drive for good needs to be recognised). I understand that Sonia Gandhi is a very private person but this book remains interesting despite the author's respect for her subject. But this is no sycophantic Gandhi piece - it does not shirk from the mistakes made by the family and leaves room for the reader to make his/her own judgement about the family's legacy.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AAMAAdmi on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
She is a private person. I have never seen her debating with her political opponents or discussing with her political friends. Indian Democracy is a Mockery! She is the president of the party, not elected but placed on the throne.

We do not know her beliefs on Indian major religion - Hinduism. We know only one thing that she wants to make her son the next Leader of India and continue Nehru- Gandhi Dynasty. And it is a nasty Idea.

The author is a great "Chamcha" of Sonia family.
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