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In the Line of Fire [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Pervez Musharraf
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25 Sep 2006
It is almost unprecedented for a head of state to publish a memoir while still in office. But Pervez Musharraf is no ordinary head of state. As President of Pakistan since 1999, his is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and he continues to play a crucial role in the global war on terror. A one-time supporter of the Taliban, a general who fought in several wars, President Musharraf took a decisive turn against militant Islam in 2001. Since then he has survived two assassination attempts; rooted out militants in his own government; helped direct countless raids against al-Qaeda both in his cities and in the mountains; and tracked Osama bin Laden with technical and human intelligence. IN THE LINE OF FIRE is astonishingly revealing and honest about dozens of topics of intense interest to the world. Among its many revelations: exactly how Pakistani authorities tracked down and smashed three major al-Qaeda control centres in the mountains; how al-Qaeda's many-layered structure was revealed after the assassination attempts; Bin Laden's current position within the al-Qaeda hierarchy; what it has been like to deal with Bush and Blair; how Pakistan and India have avoided nuclear confrontation; and much more. The terrible earthquake of 2005, killing nearly 40,000 Pakistanis, is just one chapter in a life and career that has been filled with danger and drama. The worldwide launch of President Musharraf's memoir promises to be a sensation.


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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: 437,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversy brings hits! 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rather Intriguing read 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange mix of naivete, charm and arrogance 18 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very intelligent 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written a must read 25 Mar 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My view 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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5.0 out of 5 stars definately one to read 26 Jun 2011
By J. Khan
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I have plenty of knowledge about Pakistani Politics and have always thought Musharraf was the most honest and compatent leaders the contry has had for decades. Under his tenure the country saw prosperity it hadnt seen for a long time due to corrupt politions in power before him. But I was surprised at how open Musharraf's memoirs were and it was a very enjoyable read. Definately an eye opener
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take it with a grain of salt 10 Aug 2008
By Oliver
Format:Hardcover
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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