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Ram Jethmalani has been called many things a legal legend, a wizard of the law and a magnet for controversy with a knack for defending the most notorious figures in India. With a career spanning the entire history of independent India and still going strong, he has managed to command respect and evoke anger in equal measure. But did you know that he is the most pro-Israel Ram Jethmalani has been called many things a legal legend, a wizard of the law and a magnet for controversy with a knack for defending the most notorious figures in India. With a career spanning the entire history of independent India and still going strong, he has managed to command respect and evoke anger in equal measure. But did you know that he is the most pro-Israel politician in Asia one of the founders of the prestigious National School of Law, Bangalore one of the first to raise the issue of corruption in India, founder of the Sunday Guardian in the late eighties, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians and that he is married to two wives at the same time? In The Rebel, A Biography of Ram Jethmalani, Susan Adelman, a longtime friend, presents the most updated, authentic and detailed account of his life. Peppered with personal accounts, unknown facets of his life and insider titbits, the book reveals the man behind the larger than life persona of Ram Jethmalani.


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Ram Jethmalani has been called many things a legal legend, a wizard of the law and a magnet for controversy with a knack for defending the most notorious figures in India. With a career spanning the entire history of independent India and still going strong, he has managed to command respect and evoke anger in equal measure. But did you know that he is the most pro-Israel Ram Jethmalani has been called many things a legal legend, a wizard of the law and a magnet for controversy with a knack for defending the most notorious figures in India. With a career spanning the entire history of independent India and still going strong, he has managed to command respect and evoke anger in equal measure. But did you know that he is the most pro-Israel politician in Asia one of the founders of the prestigious National School of Law, Bangalore one of the first to raise the issue of corruption in India, founder of the Sunday Guardian in the late eighties, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians and that he is married to two wives at the same time? In The Rebel, A Biography of Ram Jethmalani, Susan Adelman, a longtime friend, presents the most updated, authentic and detailed account of his life. Peppered with personal accounts, unknown facets of his life and insider titbits, the book reveals the man behind the larger than life persona of Ram Jethmalani.

30 review for The Rebel: A Biography of Ram Jethmalani

  1. 5 out of 5

    VENKATRAMAN C K

    Finally finished this 537 page saga. Ram Jethmalani certainly is a bigger than life personality. He is controversial, compassionate, genius and emotional human being. A complex personality who makes his own path and defies the trodden path. Well, I will say that he is living a fulfilling life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    HAMZA IQBAL

    A very long tirade about a legendary lawyer, bereft of legal knowledge but full of other information about the subject's life which was hardly of any use or interest. Such books are meant to inspire, encourage and educate the reader about the legal wisdom Late Jethmalani was renowned for. Sadly 550+pages of this book were totally devoid of it. Not of any use for any lawyer, or a law student. One can read nevertheless of you wish to know more about the subject's life. A very long tirade about a legendary lawyer, bereft of legal knowledge but full of other information about the subject's life which was hardly of any use or interest. Such books are meant to inspire, encourage and educate the reader about the legal wisdom Late Jethmalani was renowned for. Sadly 550+pages of this book were totally devoid of it. Not of any use for any lawyer, or a law student. One can read nevertheless of you wish to know more about the subject's life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    K

    I lack words for this book. What a man ! And what a read ! Such a gripping read and the giant life he has lived. There won’t be / there cannot be ever another Ram Jethmalani in the history of India.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Swar

    Susan Adelman deserves a round of applause for her splendid work. One of the best books, I have read so far. Easy language and easy to understand. The book covers each and every aspect of Ram's life. This is a great read for, all budding lawyers, law students and also those who want to pursue their career in law. Ram Jethmalani have been involved in all the matters and issues that India faced post independence, may it be Partition , Emergency , LTTE and Sri lanka , insurgency in Punjab , Kashmir , Susan Adelman deserves a round of applause for her splendid work. One of the best books, I have read so far. Easy language and easy to understand. The book covers each and every aspect of Ram's life. This is a great read for, all budding lawyers, law students and also those who want to pursue their career in law. Ram Jethmalani have been involved in all the matters and issues that India faced post independence, may it be Partition , Emergency , LTTE and Sri lanka , insurgency in Punjab , Kashmir , reservations, black money , 2G scams, and many. Further Ram Jethmalani never shy away from opposing anything which he thought, he should oppose. He is fearless and powerful and not scared to talk against anyone.. Unarguably after Nanabhoy Palkhivala, the other finest Advocate India ever produced. The living law legend. I won't disclose more, this is exciting read and you won't regret to spend on it. Yes you may repent for not reading this earlier. After reading, you will agree with Susan Adelman's notion, Ram -The Rebel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gautam Karbhase

    Ram Jethmalani is a larger than life figure : just the idea of a 90 something man drinking his scotch while discussing issues of sensitive national issues on national T.V , with great fervour, makes you want to figure out what gives him the zest at this age. This book tells you about exactly that. And much more. Along with how Mr. Jethamalani managed to cash in on national controversies , the book also gives the reader a ringside view of India through the decades after independance - an interest Ram Jethmalani is a larger than life figure : just the idea of a 90 something man drinking his scotch while discussing issues of sensitive national issues on national T.V , with great fervour, makes you want to figure out what gives him the zest at this age. This book tells you about exactly that. And much more. Along with how Mr. Jethamalani managed to cash in on national controversies , the book also gives the reader a ringside view of India through the decades after independance - an interesting read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sambasivan

    The title is very apt for this iconic personality who was also an iconoclast. Extremely courageous bordering towards foolhardiness, highly intelligent and diligent, Ram Jethmalani comes across as an epitome of multiskilled genius. He still leads a colourful life. One can either love him or hate him but never ignore him. A fittingly large biography on this larger than life personality who was and still in the news for both right and wrong reasons. But he would be the last one to care about it! A The title is very apt for this iconic personality who was also an iconoclast. Extremely courageous bordering towards foolhardiness, highly intelligent and diligent, Ram Jethmalani comes across as an epitome of multiskilled genius. He still leads a colourful life. One can either love him or hate him but never ignore him. A fittingly large biography on this larger than life personality who was and still in the news for both right and wrong reasons. But he would be the last one to care about it! A rocking read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nupur Baheti

    A 537 page book on colourful life of Mr. Ram Jethmalani. "When the courtroom gets filled with people just to listen to his witty arguements, his creative style of questioning and his peerless expertise in the field of evidence" He truely is a quintessential lawyer and I love him. A 537 page book on colourful life of Mr. Ram Jethmalani. "When the courtroom gets filled with people just to listen to his witty arguements, his creative style of questioning and his peerless expertise in the field of evidence" He truely is a quintessential lawyer and I love him.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Venu Srinivas

  9. 4 out of 5

    PALLAV

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shruti Dasondi

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yuvraj Nain

  12. 5 out of 5

    Smit Desai

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ujjawalsatsangi

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hardi Goradia

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aditya

  16. 5 out of 5

    Saket Sohan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Pawar

  20. 5 out of 5

    VishnuLangawat

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gayathri Kannepalli

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hormazdiyaar Vakil

  23. 5 out of 5

    gaurav kataria

  24. 4 out of 5

    Murtuza Bohra

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rohit

  26. 5 out of 5

    Apurva Sule

  27. 4 out of 5

    Seshnath Singh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dheeraj

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thirumalai Jeyaram

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj

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