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Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

Favored Daughter

Book - 2016
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The story of Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, seems lifted straight from Greek tragedy. Born to privilege as the daughter of one of Pakistan's great feudal families, she was groomed for a diplomatic career and was thrust into the political arena when her father, Pakistan's charismatic and controversial prime minister, was executed. She then led Pakistan, one of the most turbulent and impoverished nations in the world, through two terms as prime minister in the 1980s and 1990s, but she struggled to ward off charges of corruption and retain her tenuous hold on power and was eventually forced into exile. Bhutto returned to Pakistan in 2007, only to be assassinated in Rawalpindi after a triumphant speech.

Including interviews with key figures who knew Bhutto and have never before spoken on the record, Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter illuminates Bhutto's tragic life as well as the role she played as the first female prime minister of Pakistan. Celebrated literary critic Brooke Allen approaches Bhutto in a way not many have done before in this taut biography of a figure who had a profound effect on the volatile politics of the Middle East, drawing on contemporary news sources and eyewitness reports, as well as accounts from her supporters and her enemies.

Publisher: Boston : New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544648937
Call Number: B B4695aL
Characteristics: 162 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 19, 2015

Although a big fan of her niece, Fatima Bhutto, I have mixed feelings about Benazir Bhutto, but it is interesting to note that several weeks prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, fired CIA director, Allen Dulles, had traveled to that city.
So too, several weeks prior to the murder of Madam Bhutto did John Negroponte [either before or after he became the DNI] did journey to the same area of Pakistan wheren Bhutto was murdered!


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