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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; illustrated edition edition (25 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074329582X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743295826
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mudassar Saeed Khan on 27 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
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".
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Musharaff is an important figure, and he has an interesting tale to tell. He begins when he was about five years old, and Pakistan was breaking away from India. Musharaff tells of his life story, from the time he left India to live in what is now Pakistan, to the time he spent in Turkey, to his return to Pakistan, and his rise to power. Along the way are several frightening attempts on his life. The book is readable and informative.

The big question is whether you want to believe anything Musharaff says. I do not know enough to question any of the specifics, but some of what he says seems self-serving, e.g., his account of a border skirmish with India which he claims he "won" and his rise to power. My sense is that he is not to be trusted, but I just do not know enough to say. If you are willing to keep an open mind, however, it is an interesting read.

One small thing that bugged me -- Musharaff claims to be a math wiz, yet he keeps making the same simple mistake over and over. If something grew from 5 to 10, he says it grew 200%. I suppose if it "grew" from 5 to 5, he would claim it grew 100%. I know that sounds petty, but here is a man who claims to be best in his class in math, and to understand how to run an economy, and he keeps making the same silly mistake!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Collinson on 25 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
As i read this book and was writing this review President Musharraf had declared a state of emergency in Pakistan. This led me to want to understand if Mr Musharraf is misunderstood or if he is a vile military dictator. Musharraf tells many stories during the course of the world and focuses both on his Presidency and the coup that launched him into that predicament. Musharraf argues that his predecessors (Sharif and Bhutto) where corrupt and unable to discharge the office to which they were elected. If these are true and if Sharif did try to change the constitution the coup would make more sense. Still, despite its obvious reader grabbing statements it was a thoroughly enjoyable and recommendable read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James P. Cluchey on 18 Oct 2006
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As other reviewers have stated, much of this book is rehashed older material. However, what seems new is that Musharraf is taking credit for an enormous number of success stories both in the fight against terrorism and in the remodelling of Pakistan's government and society. If all his successes are real, then he is the best dictator ever known to politics. I have never been to Pakistan, but I'd love to know if all the changes he made there really got implemented or is it all just hot air. Strangely compelling to read, but hard to believe in many aspects.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is OK. Some 'facts' are interesting. There is nothing extraordinary in this book.

If you like incidents written in easy English and if you read a book only once, go and buy this book. On the other hand, if you prefer something deep and something you prefer to read more than once, this book is not for you. Material in the book doesn't justify its price. I think waiting for paper back is a better option.
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By peter howell on 23 May 2013
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revealing account of the nuts and bolts of real leadership in government and the underlying philosophy. Written candidly by a remarkable man whose career was fulfilling in a wide sense and also exciting maybe too exciting.
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From the life story of musharraf to his achivements and goals as a leader. A very interesting and informative book. Highly recommended.
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By Nashir Javed on 27 Nov 2012
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I really enjoyed reading the book. I salute Pervez Musharraf, for the efforts he made to develop country, during his stay as the president of Pakistan. This book is worth reading and eye opener.
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