Start by marking “In the Line of Fire” as Want to Read: According to "Time" magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job." Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرويز مشرف), NI, HI, was the twelfth President of Pakistan. In the Line of Fire: A Memoir is a book that was written by former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and first published on September 25, The book . In the Line of Fire: A Memoir and millions of other books are available for . Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction.
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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. the war on terror. I will relate it in full in these pages. But first, you need to know how I came to be the man the assassins were targeting. The story of my life. IN THE LINE OF FIRE A Memoir According to Time magazine, Pakistan's the front line of the war on terror and are part of my reason for writing this book now.
Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In the Line of Fire by Pervez Musharraf. According to "Time" magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job.
His forces have caught more than 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 i According to "Time" magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job.
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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 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.
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. He reveals new details of the 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. 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 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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To ask other readers questions about In the Line of Fire , please sign up. Was that the head of a suicide bomber that blew up? See 1 question about In the Line of Fire…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 22, Ronald Wise rated it really liked it. While not knowing how much self-aggrandizing spin to suspect Musharraf of in his account of his life and leadership in Pakistan, it was still very informative to read his perspective on recent events there, and the implications of the American "War on Terror".
It's too bad, though, that this book was written three years ago — I'd love to know his impressi While not knowing how much self-aggrandizing spin to suspect Musharraf of in his account of his life and leadership in Pakistan, it was still very informative to read his perspective on recent events there, and the implications of the American "War on Terror".
It's too bad, though, that this book was written three years ago — I'd love to know his impressions of events since then.
This memoir came to my reading list from its appearance on the New York Times best seller list in October — much has happened since then in Pakistan. Jun 19, Heliya Azita rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Pervez Musharraf is Last Hope for pakistan.
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Aug 26, Wsm rated it liked it Shelves: General Musharraf's autobiography could have been much more interesting. The book begins dramatically,with the two assassination attempts on the General in December He was lucky to survive both while many others lost their lives.
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He then narrates the story of his life and the numerous prior occasions when he evaded death. He talks about his wartime exploits,nearly being expelled from the army on disciplinary grounds and his rise to the senior ranks. Of particular interest is his account of his General Musharraf's autobiography could have been much more interesting.
Of particular interest is his account of his sudden elevation as army chief and his encounters with then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Another tense,taut chapter deals with the drama of the coup staged in October when he was aboard an aircraft which was refused landing permission. There is a blow by blow account of how the army swung into action to oust Nawaz Sharif.
All of this reads like a thriller.
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He tries to justify his biggest blunder, the Kargil conflict of The rest of the book,however,is fairly disappointing. Numerous terrorist incidents are described in too much detail,and the book starts to feel like a police procedural.
A lot of space is devoted to the policies of his government. This is a book of two halves,one very interesting and the rest fairly dull. Aug 27, Saadia B. Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles rated it it was ok. Narcissism and self-centred is what the book portrays throughout the narrative. Pervez Musharraf boasts about himself so much in the book that at times I felt, how can someone be that perfect.
He starts the book with two assassination attempts on him, which he survived luckily. He took over the country in a military coup but defines it as a counter-coup because as per him the precedents and present government at that point in time were already running the country as coups and not democracy becau Narcissism and self-centred is what the book portrays throughout the narrative. He took over the country in a military coup but defines it as a counter-coup because as per him the precedents and present government at that point in time were already running the country as coups and not democracy because the leaders were autocrats.
He also categorised Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as a chief martial law administer during his tenure. On the contrary, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the most famous leader of his time, who was loved, cherished and looked upon by the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan has a history of prolonged military coups but whatever democracy came was being run by Nawaz or Benazir Bhutto 10 years consecutive either of the two held offices. When Nawaz Sharif took over government for the second time, he created dissension in the army by sacking the then COAS and replaced him with Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz seeing that Musharraf was going against the rift after Kargil debacle decided to sack him.
After taking over the government, through Legal Framework Order popularly known as the 17th Amendment, he legalized his coup and held two positions that is COAS and President of Pakistan till Hence the culture of suicide bombs came into being, which till date have killed thousands of Pakistanis.
In this book, he takes all the credit for everything good that happened and denounced against bad not even acknowledges it. Abdul Qadeer Khan or the assignation of Benazir Bhutto. Though the book was published in but most of these incidents happened before the publication and yet there is no mention of any of them. Musharraf was a man of self-brag, his coup brought in some positives but the negatives cannot be compensated with them, as Pakistan is still in a state of war against the Talibans, which were nurtured to fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Jun 12, Armour Craig rated it really liked it. A solid autobiography, though it is obvious that English is a second language. There is a multitude of his stories that begin with, "One day Very interesting stories throughout his life, however. I think this shows a side of Gen Musharraf that most people do not know or do not want to invest the time to find out.
He seems like a genuinely good soul who cares deeply about his country and especially about his and his Army's service to Pakistan.
Great book. I'd recommend i A solid autobiography, though it is obvious that English is a second language. I'd recommend it to anyone who would like a better understanding of what's been going on in Pakistan up until the most recent elections.
View 1 comment. Feb 14, Greg rated it really liked it. President's Musharraf's own biography, seems to have been written in a hurry, but also gives a fascinating insight into his own views and perceptions about his experience as president of Pakistan Clearly from the point of view of a leader of Pakistan, but I learned a lot about issues of intelligence and pressures from the USA on Pakistan in the early and mid s, that were not written about in the media.
Oct 05, Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves: Boy does this guy think a lot of himself. He seems never to tire, for instance, when telling about his childhood, of reporting that he got the highest grades in this or that subject.
It makes me wonder if there is not some deep-seated insecurity which he is trying to mask by doing so. Errors are in short supply here. I kept hoping for bits of analysis that could not be mistaken for blame.
I also found myself wondering, as he describes this death and that explosion whether he was not himself the responsible party. His tale of the coup that brought him to power is compelling reading, even if one gets the sense that there are many things being left out. He was quite offended by the terse manner in which Colin Powell and Richard Armitage demanded Pakistani help, but says that he considered all the factors involved and decided that it was in the interest of Pakistan to help the USA.
But he remains annoyed that he has not been given what he believes to be proper recognition for all that Pakistan has accomplished, from being one of the few nations in a position to communicate with the Taliban to the large number of al Qaeda captured in Pakistan, many of whom have been handed over to the USA.
He does talk about the provincial areas and addresses the problems of governance that these places present, noting that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is quite porous, has ever been thus, and that the areas on both sides of the border are populated by the same ethic group.
As usual, he presents as rosy as possible a picture of Pakistan efforts and results. He pointed out that Pakistan had a natural antipathy toward the Northern Alliance, as they are made up of ethnic groups other than the Pashtun that dominate in Pakistan, and in the Taliban. He also makes light of the activities of A. Khan, as if distributing nuclear technology to sundry third-world nations was not a crime of the highest order.
Does anyone actually believe that Khan did his thing without the ok of Musharraf? It was brought to plastic surgeons who figured out what it had looked like over a skull and used that in helping identify him.
There is a photo of the loose face in the book, surreal. This book significantly altered my view of Musharraf. I could understand that he did not expend his political capital in attempting to gain control of the border provinces, as it certainly seems that they are uncontrollable.
But after reading this book, instead of a national leader struggling to cope with contradictory demands, I see instead a confirmed egotist, maybe even a sociopath, charming for sure, but concerned with only one thing, Musharraf.
View 2 comments. Oct 18, Raju rated it it was ok. After reading the book, me as an Indian who has access to information from various sources would like to disagree with the factual accuracy presented in the book, especially the overt and covert wars with India. Many a times I felt the strength of India has been undermined. Probably the author reflected his sense of insecurity. Musharraf has played it to the gallery by repeatedly conveying anti India rhetoric I am sure the book must have sold like hot cakes After reading the book, me as an Indian who has access to information from various sources would like to disagree with the factual accuracy presented in the book, especially the overt and covert wars with India.
I am sure the book must have sold like hot cakes. My question to him What the book bring out from beginning to end is only 'self praise' and nothing else.
I admire his rationality in thinking his.. Probably this very thought process of his has made him reach places where no other Army General from Pakistan could go. He has got gift of the gab and immense power of convincing his conviction to the world.
In total it was good read, comic and hilarious at several places. Dec 18, Tom rated it it was ok. One word: Musharraf did two things really right in writing this book: He provided a gripping narrative of the events that lead up to his assuming leadership of Pakistan in and His reflections on the world into which Pakistan was shoved following September 11 are unique and quite valuable to anyone seeking to understand a crazy time in a corner of the world about which everyone seems to hold an opinion without actually having a foundation of understanding.
The rest of the bo One word: The rest of the book has some cute moments and Musharraf's somewhat self-serving accounts of diplomatic summits and his handling of the AQ Kahn incident make for a good read. But, theres is just too much self-aggrandizing gobbly-gook for the book to be of real value. Jan 27, Salman Tariq rated it liked it. Book is written in desi english , only Pakistanis can understand what i meant by this The book is divided in two halves first half deals with his personal life, 2nd half accounts his works for the country.
GM family stayed in karachi initially , then for brief period of 7 they stayed in turkey and finally settled again in karachi Pakistan.
GM childhood is insignificant like other middle class boys except few venture Book is written in desi english , only Pakistanis can understand what i meant by this GM childhood is insignificant like other middle class boys except few ventures. He was good in sports and a naughty student. On one account he with his gang placed fire crackers in front of warden's home. His words narrate laughing story how he had been dilvering latters to his lover through nani forcing her to visit neighbors and secretly placing letters in her burqa traditional cloak weared by women.
Wheel of his life spuns when he joins army, and there is detailed account of his long adventures. He brags how he excelled his seniors and taught them tecniques , especially his perfect aim of his guns shots faster run up.
He is not eleborative how the evil witch of bhutto turned every gold to iron, he criticise superficially like a common man. Mushraf is brave, to disagree with his political alies when it comes to national intrests.
He has hard stance for zia's justice to the poor especially lashing incident was worth reading. Concerning A. 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 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. Train to Pakistan. Settling in Karachi. Turkey The Formative Years. Leaving the Nest. The Quest for Democracy. Putting the System Right. KickStarting the Economy. One Day That Changed the World.
The War Comes to Pakistan. The Potters Wheel.
Life in the Fire. Living Through the Dreadful Decade. From Chief to Chief Executive.
The Kargil Conflict. Plane to Pakistan. The Countercoup. Anatomy of Suicide. Tightening the Noose. Al Qaeda in the Mountains.
The Symbiosis of Terrorism and Religion. Nuclear Proliferation. International Diplomacy. The Social Sector. The Emancipation of Women.The war lasted seventeen days and ended in a cease-fire sponsored by the UN Security Council, but Pakistan gave India a fright and a bloody nose to go with it.
Open Preview See a Problem? I found these shoots most enjoyable and adventurous. When, as president of Pakistan, I returned to St. General politics and the country's political history from Musharaf's POV. Despite how uncomfortable it was to read yet another personal brag, his chapter on counter terrorism efforts in Pakistan was enlightening.
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