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Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny Hardcover – 13 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023010441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230104419
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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"Rani Singh has opened the door on one of the most powerful yet surprisingly little-known women in the world." - Jon Snow, UK Newscaster
"A biography that isn't only carefully researched but offers new details about Sonia Gandhi's extraordinary emergence from obscurity to most powerful woman in Asia (and arguably in the world). Rani Singh tells Sonia's story in remarkably vivid prose - tough but fair, critical but empathetic... an enormously readable work of scholarship and journalistic endurance." - Pranay Gupte, author of Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi
"Rani Singh's book draws back the curtain, allowing the reader to encounter Sonia as the person behind the larger-than-life figure that she is for India's millions. It is a highly readable and rewarding work for anyone interested in modern India and its contemporary politics." - Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Rani Singh weaves a compelling love story into the complexities of Indian politics with skill and sensitivity... If you want to understand modern India, you need to understand the Gandhis. Ms Singh has made an important and timely contribution." - Tim Marshall,Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News
"Amoving tribute... sets the scene for a thorough understanding of the fast-moving undertow affecting political life in India today, and of the critical influence of Sonia Gandhi." - James Brewer,business journalist and former editor of global insurance coverage for Lloyd's List
"A book of human scope that reveals an intriguing political history and a life of compassion" - Kirkus Reviews
 
'Sonia Gandhi's progress to the influential position she now holds would be remarkable for anyone. In her case, given her particular background, it is a truly amazing story. Rani Singh's telling of it brings it vividly to life.' -Bill Kirkman, Wolfson College, Cambridge, The Round Table

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The fascinatingstory of India'sbeloved leader, and a look forward to her successor at the helm of India

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A pleasant and insightful read. Unfortunately, contrary to the author's submissions, this book does not break any new ground. There is very little here that's not already widely available in the public domain- the fact that the author was not even able to interview the subject of her biography seems to add somewhat to the 'unoriginal' feel of the book. More damagingly though for the author is the fact that this book is so so uncritical; it is deeply sympathetic to Mrs. Gandhi and quite frankly, reads more like a hagiography than a biography.<br/><br/>Other than the interesting sections on Sonia's early life in Italy and Cambridge, this book adds very very little to what we already know of the President of the Congress Party.
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Compelling read, and I gained far more insight into this amazing woman and the country and its peolples that she had such a passion for
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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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HASH(0x9e7af810) out of 5 stars Sonia my exact contemporary 23 April 2012
By AlineDobbie - Published on Amazon.com
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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? I felt genuine sorrow when Rajiv was so cruelly killed but here are three, maybe four people including the son in law who increasingly sports the attention seeking stage and what have they achieved? I was in India for six weeks this year and heard nothing positive about the Government, the Gandhi Family and confidence in India's future. That is the real tragedy that people with so much power and influence who should be custodians of India because of their legacy should take the country to a new level of development.....fine aspiration of Rahul to have everyone with food in their mouths, clean hospitals and literate but yet 8 States in India exceed the poverty and deprivation in 26 states in Africa? The great Mahatma Gandhi who was no relation is often invoked in the book as someone the Family reveres for his huge contribution to the freedom of India. They would do well to recall some of his famous words...one that I love is: We must teach the Rich to live more Simply so that the Poor may Simply live...' His other advice is timeless: 'Be the change you wish to see in the world....' Well this Gandhi Family could use that advice themselves and seriously work towards being the change they wish to see in India and not just posture. This book is however an easy read though with some lazy errors as well and would inform someone who was not fully up to date with the subject of developing India and her great challenges.India: The Peacock's CallIndia: The Tiger's RoarIndia: The Elephant's Blessing: 1
HASH(0x9e991360) out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 May 2016
By susan hilmi - Published on Amazon.com
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great book great price . came on time in great condition .
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HASH(0x9e7ba8c4) out of 5 stars completely wrong. 3 Jun. 2014
By chanakya - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e7ba5b8) out of 5 stars A fascinating life 17 Nov. 2011
By Mark Pillans - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e7bac54) out of 5 stars We Do not Know Anything about her! 8 Nov. 2011
By AAMAAdmi - Published on Amazon.com
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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