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In the Line of Fire: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780743283441
ISBN10: 0743283449
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"Despite its limits as a window into history, In the Line of Fire offers valuable insights...about an important U.S. partner in the war on terrorism....At some points, the story is gripping simply because the author was at the center of it....In his writing, as in many of his public comments, Musharraf can prove both his own best salesman and his own worst enemy. Still, this memoir tells us a great deal about a military Muslim leader we need to understand — and about a country to which we should have been paying much more attention." Pamela Constable, The Washington Post Book World (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)

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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.

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"Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military president, is a contradictory figure: a dictator convinced that he's the best hope for democracy, a moderate Muslim reluctant to confront fundamentalists, a powerful man who exudes confident aplomb but suffers from lifelong insecurity as a migrant in his own land.

'In the Line of Fire,' Musharraf's English-language memoir, is an equally contradictory... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[A] well-written memoir....Pakistan, Musharraf insists, is doing what it can to contain Islamist terrorism. Time will tell, but his memoir sheds much light on the politics and challenges of the region." Kirkus Reviews

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"[B]y turns self-congratulatory, narcissistic and mendacious....[O]ffer[s] invaluable (and frequently hilarious) insights into the levels of delusion that a man may reach when he is accountable to no one, elected by no one and trusted by no one." The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

In this unprecedented event, the president of one of the world's most crucial nations offers his candid thoughts on Pakistan's confrontations with India, 9/11 and its aftermath, on Israel, on bin Laden and al Queda, and on the status of women in Pakistan.

About the Author

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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c153, December 8, 2007 (view all comments by c153)
"Musharraf's skewed line of fire" by R.V. Bhasin is a satirical parody that reveals the sensational disclosure and answers the best selling novel - "In the Line of Fire" from every aspect; Proving the dictator of Pakistan is a liar! Copies are rumoured to be circulating on the net. Soon to be a best seller? Bhasin's book is still not released in the market. Hopefully soon though.
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John Smith 12345, October 24, 2006 (view all comments by John Smith 12345)
Excellent memoir. Truely shows the facinating politics facing this President: a president who has the most dangerous job in the world. Sheds good light on Pakistan: a great country much need of recgonition.
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NaveedAfzal, October 5, 2006 (view all comments by NaveedAfzal)
It is a nice effort by a Brave Man. The life experiance and the way he become the President of Pakistan. He is Rollmodel for most of the Pakistanis.
He shows how to success in life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743283441
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Musharraf, Pervez
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
General Political Science
Publication Date:
20060925
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Biography » Political
Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » Asia » Pakistan
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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Product details 368 pages Free Press - English 9780743283441 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Despite its limits as a window into history, In the Line of Fire offers valuable insights...about an important U.S. partner in the war on terrorism....At some points, the story is gripping simply because the author was at the center of it....In his writing, as in many of his public comments, Musharraf can prove both his own best salesman and his own worst enemy. Still, this memoir tells us a great deal about a military Muslim leader we need to understand — and about a country to which we should have been paying much more attention." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "[A] well-written memoir....Pakistan, Musharraf insists, is doing what it can to contain Islamist terrorism. Time will tell, but his memoir sheds much light on the politics and challenges of the region."
"Review" by , "[B]y turns self-congratulatory, narcissistic and mendacious....[O]ffer[s] invaluable (and frequently hilarious) insights into the levels of delusion that a man may reach when he is accountable to no one, elected by no one and trusted by no one."
"Synopsis" by , In this unprecedented event, the president of one of the world's most crucial nations offers his candid thoughts on Pakistan's confrontations with India, 9/11 and its aftermath, on Israel, on bin Laden and al Queda, and on the status of women in Pakistan.
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