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In the Line of Fire: A Memoir


In the Line of Fire: A Memoir

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    Pervez Musharraf(Author)
According to Time magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job." He has twice come within inches of assassination. His forces have caught more than 670 members of al Qaeda in the mountains and cities, yet many others remain at large and active, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri. Long locked in a deadly embrace with its nuclear neighbor India, Pakistan has come close to full-scale war on two occasions since it first exploded a nuclear bomb in 1998. As President Musharraf struggles for the security and political future of his nation, the stakes could not be higher for the world at large.It is unprecedented for a sitting head of state to write a memoir as revelatory, detailed, and gripping as In the Line of Fire. Here, for the first time, readers can get a firsthand view of the war on terror in its central theater. President Musharraf details the manhunts for Osama and Zawahiri and their top lieutenants, complete with harrowing cat-and-mouse games, informants, interceptions, and bloody firefights. He tells the stories of the near-miss assassination attempts, not only against himself but against Shaukut Aziz (later elected prime minister) and one of his top army officers (later the vice chief of army staff), and of the abduction and beheading of Daniel Pearl -- as well as the forensic and shoe-leather investigations that uncovered the perpetrators. He details the army's mountain operations that have swept several valleys clean, and he talks about the areas of North Waziristan where al Qaeda is still operating.Yet the war on terror is just one of the many headline-making subjects in In the Line of Fire. The full story of the events that brought President Musharraf to power in 1999 is told for the first time. He reveals new details of the 1999 confrontation with India in Kashmir (the Kargil conflict) and offers a proposal for resolving the Kashmir dispute.He offers a portrait of Mullah Omar, with stories of Pakistan's attempts to negotiate with him. Concerning A. Q. Khan and his proliferation network, he explains what the government knew and when it knew it, and he reveals fascinating details of Khan's operations and the investigations into them.In addition, President Musharraf takes many stances that will make news. He calls for the Muslim world to recognize Israel once a viable Palestinian state is created. He urges the repeal of Pakistan's 1979 Hudood law. He calls for the emancipation of women and for their full political equality with men. He tells the sad story of Pakistan's experience with democracy and what he has done to make it workable.

Pervez Musharraf's life has mirrored the life of his country, ever since Pakistan's creation when he was a four-year-old boy. His and Pakistan's stories are dramatic, fateful, and crucial to the entire world.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Pervez Musharraf(Author)
  • Free Press (18 Nov. 2008)
  • English
  • 5
  • Biography
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  • By Suki on 20 June 2017

    Was for my dad and he liked it. So I will go with that.

  • By Guest on 4 May 2017

    Not a good read

  • By Mudassar Saeed Khan on 27 September 2006

    Although this book has sparked many controversies in Pakistan, India and world over, the book has proved to be really interesting and worth reading. President General Pervez Musharraf's revelation about USA's threat to bomb Pakistan in 2001 played a vital role in making this autobiography a big hit even before its launch. This book covers General's personal life, early career, political happenings of Pakistan, the famous Kargil conflict, nuclear proliferation, 9/11 and what not about Pakistan.Anyone who is with or against Musharraf should read this book as it contains very interesting information, incidents and views by the president of Pakistan. Someone said it right - "controversy brings hits".

  • By Saheed Ahmed on 2 March 2017

    Great book. I enjoyed reading this.

  • By Amir Ali on 7 May 2017

    Well written, BUT some plagiarism detected.It was sugar coated with some obvious cotradictions as General is now turning his back against lots of claims made in this book.

  • By Prof Whiteside on 25 October 2006

    As the blurb on the cover states, it is unprecedented for a sitting head to divulge memoirs in such fashion.I think there is a reason for this.Early life is skipped through like a playful child dodging cracks in the paving. There is much awkward self-aggrandisement to the detriment of the work. This makes it serve poorly as an objective piece. One would expect an element of bias of course, but the lack of subtlety in some areas suggest the psychological profile of an egomaniac. It would be useful to have a biographical version to compare whilst reading this version, which is a lengthy attempt to convince the world of his own statesman status. This is at odds with the despot dictator the world saw seize power in yet another a much troubled British ex colony.

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