Daughter of the East Paperback – 1 Jun 1989
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About the Author
Benazir Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's Prime Minister, from 1988 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996. She is now based in Dubai, from where she makes regular trips around the world giving lectures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Her upbringing of not less than of any princess and her account of later years in Sukkur jail makes one feel bad about the whole system of Pakistan. Where it has become a fashion for army generals to overthrow civilian governments after every ten years. Sometimes getting the elected Prime Ministers killed by judiciary and sometimes by exiling them.
2007 edition of this book has an additional chapter of 39 pages. This chapter really stands out from the book not because of anything new are amazing in it, but because this chapter is targeted to different readers from the rest of book's readers. To further simplify it, the first edition was for all those peace loving people of world who want the political culture of democracy to flourish in third world countries, whereas the last chapter is targeted to all those governments who somehow want to get rid of (so called, Islamic) extremists from muslim countries specially Afghanistan and Pakistan and can play any role in that. The last chapter has some very good observations about the short sightedness of some army generals in Pakistan specially Musharaf, who in the past thought it is easy to conquer Srinagar and did ventures like Kargil but now he believes it is better to demilitarise Kashmir.
This book ends on the quote of Martin Luther King "Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent on things that matter".Read more ›
There are times during this biography that one cannot believe the resolve of this woman and her amazing ability to endure the treatment meted out to her and her family by the regime. The depiction of the death of her brother in particular, is difficult to comprehend and it is one of the few times in her life that Benazir breaks down.
Daughter of the East is an honest, personable account of one woman's fight to preserve the honour of her family name and the work undertaken by her father.Read more ›
Chronological "Daughter of the East" covers Zia's period in Pakistan from the late 1970s to 1988, but that statement does not begin to encompass the dimensions of "Daughter of the East". "Daughter of the East" is a personal account of Benizir Bhutto and her youth, 20s, and 30s. It is about being the eldest daughter of the prime minister, it is about being a woman and politically active in a predominately Islamic country, it is about political oppression, about democracy, about faith, freedom, and hope for the future. It is about torture and imprisonment, about human rights for every individual, and about ethics and the means to an end.
You really need to read this book.
Unfortunately the book is focused on one part of her life, which is when she was imprisoned, rather than her life as a whole. It also focuses on the politics rather than the woman. I would be interested to hear more about her personal and family life, and her thoughts and feelings about the world in general. Instead it focuses on the suffering she endured in Pakistan in the 70s and 80s. While this is interesting, inspiring and educational (particularly if you're interested in Pakistan's situation as it is now), I wouldn't call it a comprehensive autobiography of Ms Bhutto.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book was in good condition but I was disappointed that the book front cover picture was not on the website.Published 22 months ago by anam
Having read this book and also the book by Banazir Bhutto's niece (songs of blood and sword), I can only say you live by the sword , you die by the sword!Published on 25 Nov. 2011 by monty
I was always curious to read about benazir.. so reading this book was very intresting even though it does not highlight her personal life as much only glimpses it still is a story... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2009 by Shamim Hamida
It's a great biography. It gives a very good picture of reality. I've read several books on Politics and Politicians of Pakistan and I came to conclusion that destiny of People of... Read morePublished on 3 April 2001
This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. Miss Bhutto is a politician, not a writer and often goes into long rambles. Read morePublished on 19 July 2000