Book Review: Epic Tale of Squabbling In…

In 1998, Hamish McDonald, then the India correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, published The Polyester Prince, a wide-ranging biography of Dhirubhai Ambani, the free-wheeling patriarch and founder of the Ambani empire, which had grown from petrol station attendant to pushcart seller of polyester textiles into one of India's biggest conglomerates – Reliance Industries Ltd. The Indian edition of the book was promptly blocked by the family and never printed. It has been unavailable in India for the past 12 years.

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