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Description - In the Line of Fire by Pervez Musharraf

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781416527787
ISBN-10: 1416527788
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - In the Line of Fire by Pervez Musharraf

US Kirkus Review » The Pakistani leader recounts a life steered by "luck and destiny" and vigorously defends and promotes his nation to the world.A turning point in Musharraf's well-written memoir comes when he recalls one of many attempts to remove him from the scene. In 1999, former leader Nawaz Sharif engineered a bizarre coup that hinged on keeping Musharraf, then commander of the Pakistani military, from leading the army against him by preventing his plane from landing on Pakistani soil. Eventually landing with only a few minutes' worth of fuel to spare, Musharraf borrowed a flak jacket, coordinated the arrest of the coup leaders and took control of a country that, he ruefully acknowledges, has not done its best to be a democracy. Clearly, by Musharraf's account, he's working to improve matters; he advocates religious freedom, gender equality and freedom of speech, and urges that if Pakistan is to move toward prosperity and international influence, it will "have to suppress extremism and intolerance and eradicate them from our society." Such opinions have inspired several assassination attempts, and Musharraf's efforts at destroying al-Qaeda strongholds within the country, which he describes in much detail, have earned him new enemies. Yet the now widely reported news in this memoir is another confrontation: Following 9/11, he writes, the American ambassador presented him with a list of demands that he found unacceptable, among them "blanket overflight and landing rights" that were, he believed, tantamount to a surrender of national sovereignty. Daring to stand up earned him what he describes as "the most undiplomatic statement ever made" on the part of U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, who repeated his boss's for-us-or-for-the-terrorists formula and warned that "if we chose the terrorists, then we should be prepared to be bombed back to the Stone Age." 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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Author Biography - Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf has been President of Pakistan since 1999. A former commando, he has been at the front line of the war on terror since 2001 and has remained in office despite two assassination attempts. He lives in Karachi, Pakistan.

Books By Pervez Musharraf

In the Line of Fire by Pervez Musharraf
Paperback, November 2008