Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Daughter of Destiny, the autobiography of Benazir Bhutto, is a historical document of uncommon passion and courage, the dramatic story of a brilliant, beautiful woman whose life was, up to her tragic assassination in 2007, inexorably tied to her nation's tumultuous history. Bhutto writes of growing up in a family of legendary wealth and near-mythic status, a family whose rich heritage survives in tales still passed from generation to generation. She describes her journey from this protected world onto the volatile stage of international politics through her education at Radcliffe and Oxford, the sudden coup that plunged her family into a prolonged nightmare of threats and torture, her father's assassination by General Zia ul-Haq in 1979, and her grueling experience as a political prisoner in solitary confinement.

With candor and courage, Benazir Bhutto recounts her triumphant political rise from her return to Pakistan from exile in 1986 through the extraordinary events of 1988: the mysterious death of Zia; her party's long struggle to ensure free elections; and finally, the stunning mandate that propelled her overnight into the ranks of the world's most powerful, influential leaders.

 

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Awesome autobiography! I would pick it up every now and then and was never disappointed. It was fascinating taking a glimpse into the Pakistani culture and the tribulations Benazir Bhutto has lived through. I would recommend this to others. Read full review

Daughter of destiny: an autobiography

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Written by the new, young, female Prime Minister of Pakistan, this book is less her life story than a fascinating peek into the seamier side of Pakistani politics and a rabid diatribe against the late ... Read full review

Contents

The Assassination of My Father
3
THE YEARS OF DETENTION
4
Imprisoned in My Own Home
23
My First Taste of Democracy
46
The Dreaming Spires of Oxford
69
The High Treason of Zia ulHaq
91
The Judicial Murder of My Father
112
Democracys Challenge to Martial Law
158
TAKING ON THE DICTATOR
249
The Years of Exile
251
The Death of My Brother
280
Return to Lahore and the August 1986 Massacre
308
Married From My Fathers House
350
New Hope for Democracy
366
The People Prevail
374
Prime Minister and Beyond
392

Solitary Confinement in Sukkur Jail
170
Locked in My Mothers Old Cell at Karachi Central Jail
202
Two More Years Alone in Subjail
224
Epilogue
432
Index
436
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Benazir Bhutto was the prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996, and the chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Born in 1953 in Karachi, Bhutto was the first woman ever to lead a Muslim state. She lived in exile from 1999 until her return to Pakistan in October 2007, two months before her assassination.

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