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Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir

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In September 1996, fourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto shielded her baby brother while shots rang out outside the family home in Karachi. This was the evening that her father, Murtaza, was assassinated. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the worlds best-known political dynasties.

Songs of Blood and Sword tells the story of a family of feudal landlords who became power brokers in the newly created state of Pakistan. It is an epic tale of intrigue and the international political elite, the making of modern Pakistan, and, ultimately, tragedy. It is also a book about a daughters love for her father and her search to uncover the truth of his life and death.

Review:

"'Bhuttos very rarely, even then, died natural deaths,' Bhutto writes, speaking of her great-great-grandfather. And so it seems in this family history lived on a stage of national and international intrigue. A grandfather, Zulifar Ali Bhutto, executed; an uncle, Shanawaz Bhutto, murdered; a father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, assassinated; and an aunt, Benazir Bhutto, assassinated; all inhabit this utterly fascinating blend of intimate but diligently researched family memoir and complex political history. The four decades from Fatima's grandfather's service as foreign minister in the 1960s to her aunt's assassination in 2007 encompass most of the history of Pakistan. Fatima covers its alliances, its wars, its coups, its treaties, its corruption, its inefficiency, its repression. The family's public political triumphs and tragedies are set within their private pleasures and painful quarrels--a life of power and a life in exile, falling in love and being imprisoned, the ease of wealth for happy childhoods and the anguish of adult separation so severe that Fatima holds her aunt Benazir culpable in her father's assassination. Partisan and controversial as aspects of it are, Fatima Bhutto's book is a lucid and engaging account of a nation and a family. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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From one of the worlds most famous political dynasties, a sensational new literary voice tells the heartbreaking and revelatory tale of the family that shaped Pakistan

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About the Author

Fatima Bhutto studied at Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. An acclaimed poet and journalist, she currently writes columns for the Daily Beast, New Statesman, and other publications. She lives in Karachi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568586328
Subtitle:
A Daughter's Memoir
Author:
Bhutto, Fatima
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Asia - Pakistan
Subject:
Benazir Bhutto
Subject:
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Subject:
Pakistan
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20110906
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-page inserts
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 496 pages Nation Books - English 9781568586328 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Bhuttos very rarely, even then, died natural deaths,' Bhutto writes, speaking of her great-great-grandfather. And so it seems in this family history lived on a stage of national and international intrigue. A grandfather, Zulifar Ali Bhutto, executed; an uncle, Shanawaz Bhutto, murdered; a father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, assassinated; and an aunt, Benazir Bhutto, assassinated; all inhabit this utterly fascinating blend of intimate but diligently researched family memoir and complex political history. The four decades from Fatima's grandfather's service as foreign minister in the 1960s to her aunt's assassination in 2007 encompass most of the history of Pakistan. Fatima covers its alliances, its wars, its coups, its treaties, its corruption, its inefficiency, its repression. The family's public political triumphs and tragedies are set within their private pleasures and painful quarrels--a life of power and a life in exile, falling in love and being imprisoned, the ease of wealth for happy childhoods and the anguish of adult separation so severe that Fatima holds her aunt Benazir culpable in her father's assassination. Partisan and controversial as aspects of it are, Fatima Bhutto's book is a lucid and engaging account of a nation and a family. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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From one of the worlds most famous political dynasties, a sensational new literary voice tells the heartbreaking and revelatory tale of the family that shaped Pakistan
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