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Daughter Of Destiny: An Autobiography

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Daughter of Destiny, the autobiography of Benazir Bhutto, is a historical document of uncommon passion and courage, the dramatic story of a brilliant, beautiful woman whose life was, up to her tragic assassination in 2007, inexorably tied to her nation's tumultuous history. Bhutto writes of growing up in a family of legendary wealth and near-mythic status, a family whose

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Published January 1st 2004 by Touchstone Books (first published January 1st 1988)
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Entisar Radhi
Feb 29, 2016 Entisar Radhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ابنة القدر

بنازير بوتو

" أنا لم أختر هذه الحياة بل هي التي اختارتني "

بهذه الكلمات بدأت بنازير بوتو سيرتها . كنت أفكر حتى قبل قراءة هذا الكتاب أن قانون الجذب هو الذي يحكم أقدارنا . فمجريات حياتنا اليومية أو ما توصلنا إليه هو ناتج لأفكارنا التي تصنع مستقبلنا، وكلما فكرت أو حلمت أو تمنيت وتخيلت كل شيء جميل وجيد ورائع تريد أن تصبح عليه أو تقتنيه في حياتك فإن قوة هذا الأفكار الصادرة من العقل البشري تجتذب إليها كل ما يتمناه المرء. ولكن هل تمنت بنازير بوتو هذه الحياة التي عاشتها ؟ هل اختارتها ؟ فماذا كان
Oct 28, 2009 Betta rated it it was amazing
I encourage all my fellow women to read this amazing autobiography of Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister in an Islamic country, and one of the most educated, passionate women leaders of all time. I was blown away by the story of the Bhutto family and their contributions to the development of the nation of Pakistan, and also how much they, their supporters, and the people of Pakistan endured just because they lobbied for democracy, human rights, a fair judicial system, and freedom fr ...more
Kholoud Fathi
Sep 28, 2016 Kholoud Fathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am not going to comment on the political part cause I lack the knowledge and this is not what this biography is about , besides I believe that once you are in politics your hands will get dirty, you are either gonna kill or be killed by one of your family members, friends or enemies .
Because of the brutality of political leaders we tend to forget that they are humans as well, the sacrifices they have to make , in this biography Benazir takes you with her to her family house the emotions she felt
Nov 03, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
Excellent in terms of relating Benazir's personal feelings and emotions, but slanted in terms of Pakistan politics and her personal diatribe against President Zia, who eventually executed her father. Lots of tragedy, and insight into the dark, seedy parts of Pakistan politics, and with a few bright moments of President Bhutto's aspirations for her people and especially women.
Sep 10, 2011 Nandini rated it liked it
I love political stories and autobiographies are high up there. Pakistan has always been fascinating for me as an Indian. In a good way and a bad way.

Political families exist in India too and I find them equally fascinating. However, with autobiographies, while I don't expect that everything will be revealed as it happened, I do expect that some lessons learnt, some humility. While Benazir tries to show humility, I feel it was a put on to bring some balance to a book that is quite one-sided wit
Nooran Ha'os
كإنسانه قبل أن تكون سياسية هي مليئة بكل العواطف الممكن أن تتكوّن على هيئة بشرية، والجميل أن عاطفتها ذكية جداً.

فتاة عبارة عن ذاكرة متحركة.

هل كانت تعلم أنها في حاله تسجيل مستمر لكل مايحدث حولها، لها، لعائلتها؟ أكانت تدرك العظمة التي تصنعها فقط بمجرد صبرها وتحملها ونضالها ضد أنظمة دكتاتورية متتالية.

أتساءل أكانت "بينكي" ستختار ذات المسار لو كان والدها مزارع او فلاح بسيط لا يربطه شئ بآل بوتو او بسياسه من الأساس؟ لا أظن ذالك،

لأن والدها ذو الفقار حفر بصماته الخاصة في روح أبنته وحرص على ذالك ط
Himani Bahuguna
Jul 28, 2013 Himani Bahuguna rated it really liked it
A tragic tale of a family who struggled to restore democracy in a troubled nation although quite one sided in its account. The book got me hooked to know more about Pakistan's history. Despite all the controversy surrounding her, Benazir will always be an admirable and courageous woman.
mohamadadali abtahi
از قدیمی ترین کتابهای خاطراتی است که خواندم.
Jun 04, 2009 Wanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benazir Bhutto's autobiography has me riled up and awe-struck at what she endured as a political prisoner. I am disgusted at the part my own country's government played in financing the military coup. President Reagan gave aide to the leader of the coup! He gave planes to him! President Carter did not request Prime Minister Bhutto's death sentence be lifted! What on earth were these men thinking?!? Zia had overthrown a democracy, and the United States government was doing business with him, in s ...more
Mehwish Mughal
Daughter of the East is a remarkable journey of our former Prime Minister – Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed). Her unfaltering courage in the face of long years in detention, exile, family tragedy is commendable and strongly reflects ideologies of the much loved leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

The narration is so simple, expressive and beautiful that you find yourself wondering whether you are really reading someone’s life or a heart-breaking novel. Some chapters in the book were so powerfully evocative tha
An amazing story of courage and strength, against the worst odds, a sad loss to her people, and the hope of democracy in Pakistan. My heart went out to her at the loss of almost all her siblings and parents it was simply heartbreaking. I did enjoy this book a lot, it brought me to tears many times, although some have claimed that her accounts of certain events are inaccurate, I feel that most of her story comes from her heart and is true. The discrimination and suffering Pakistani people face on ...more
تاريخ مليئ بالألم و المعاناة ستكرهون السياسة أكثر من كرهكم لها الآن..عاشت بنازير بوتو و ماتت و هي مؤمنة بمبادئها و أهدافها ..سيرة غنية بالأحداث و حبست أنفاسي حتى أنهيتها و أنا ممتنة لكل شخص أخرجني من طريق السياسة الذي كنت أنوي الخوض فيه...لا أظن باكستان ستنهض يوما مادام الاغتيال وسيلة سهلة للقضاء على الخصوم
Saleh Dadpour
فکر نمیکردم که زندگی خانم بوتو اینقدر سخت و پرفراز و نشیب بوده باشه و ایستادگی ایشون در راه دموکراسی و مبارزه با حکومت ژنرالها قابل تحسینه
از این کتاب چیزای زیادی آموختم
خداوند این بانوی توانمند و تاثیرگذار شرق رو رحمت کنه
Jul 25, 2015 Tushmit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tushmit by: Munira

Read as part of my personal reading challenge: read a book (I haven't read before) from every top 10 list of books that have touched them (that I have been tagged in).

Format: autobiography

Pre-reading thoughts: I don't know a whole lot about her, but I am curious about her since she was a female head of state in a country like Pakistan. And I'm curious to know her thoughts about Bangladesh.

Mid-reading thoughts :

Don't know if I'm going to finish this, but more on that later. First of all, I want
After having read this book, as well as Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, I am convinced that every woman, regardless of their social background or religious belief, should read this book. Apart from teaching the reader quite a bit about Pakistan’s development from the moment it became an independent nation, up until the present day, it is an impressive and often shocking tale of a woman struggling for justice and peace. Time and time again this book proves that the strength of man ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Politics doesn't interest me but this book was my local book club's selection for this month. Was a little discouraged when I saw how thick it is - nearly 500 pages. But I'm very glad I read it - Benazir Bhutto was such a brave, loyal, passionate, dedicated woman. She, her family and members of her party endured so much suffering in the country they love so much. At times, this book was difficult to read - brought me to tears many times. I felt shame for what our country did, supporting the dict ...more
Rahul Sharma
I remember the day Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan. I was travelling in a bus and when I read about it on my mobile, I almost shouted in shock. She was one of the few leaders in Southeast Asia whose political journey always fascinated me.

It's a story of long political struggle, victimization, and deprivation. The book talks in detail about Zia's military coup,overthrowing of Zulfikar Bhutto's government with subsequent Islamization of Pakistan. The chapters where she talks about her
"Daughter of the East" is the true story of a woman's struggle to restore democracy in a country, which has had its history dominated by military dictatorship.

Ms. Benazir Bhutto does not just tell her story, she makes you live it with her. Intensely told, this tale is a very strong woman's journey from the life of a student to the life of a leader. Like me, even if you never supported all her ideas, you would admire her courage and understand the birth of many of her policies.

This book is a mu
If one goes only by what is written in Bhutto's autobiography, it would seem as if the Bhuttos were only interested in serving the people of Pakistan. Daughter of Destiny is a good read, and sheds light on the continuous political turmoil in Pakistan. However, if one is familiar with the criticisms against the Bhutto family, one becomes sadly skeptical of Bhutto's version of her family's history. Yet, this book should inspire readers to learn more about Pakistan, and its important role internati ...more
Paras Abbasi
Nov 13, 2011 Paras Abbasi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring book by a completely inspiring person. i loved reading every paragraph, every page of the book from the beginning till the end. the reason was not the struggle made by Ms.Bhutto was moving but the fact that the book had been written with such a grip on every word and every incident.
I accept the fact there have been biases in the story but despite this fact the book successfully keeps the reader very much into it till the very end
Apr 28, 2014 Roya rated it really liked it
بی نظیر مدام تاکید می کند که ردای سیاست را خودش ، به خواست خودش، به تن نکرده و جورهایی می توان گفت به او تحمیل شده- اسم کتاب هم (که البته در فارسی دختر شرق ترجمه شده) دوباره موکد همین فکری است که گمان نمی کنم فکر چندان درست یا از ته دل باشد. هیچ کس به خاطر سرنوشتی که بهش تحمیل شده این قدر سرسختانه نمی جنگد ... می جنگد؟ به هر حال، بی نظیر بوتو، از آن دسته آدم هاست که قلب آدم را روشن می کنند، که نشان می دهند می توان همه جا بدی دید و سیاهی، اما "خوب" بود و خوب ماند و خوب جنگید
Feb 03, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different task rating this book in stars, because it's not really the quality of the book, or the beautiful prose style I'm judging, it's her story, how she lived her life.
Poor Benazir, Pakistan could (and should) have been a progressive little India, even like a Malaysia by now, if only greedy military factions didn't keep killing off the democratically elected members of the forward-thinking and compassionate Bhutto family!!!
Umesh Kesavan
A must read for students of political science. I had thought Indira Gandhi was the woman who had gone through the most trials-by-fire in the arena of South Asian politics. After reading Benazir's account,I am inclined to change my mind. Salute to this woman !
بهمن بهمن
Nov 23, 2013 بهمن بهمن rated it liked it
بر خلاف چیزی که تصور می کردم مثل خاطرات بقیه آدم های سیاسی ،کتاب خسته کننده ای باشه ، اما خاطرات پینکی و خونه کلیفتون 70 کتابیه که همیشه یاد آدم می مونه
Mar 02, 2014 Aalisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very touching book. Every women must read this
Nazyar Omrani
Jun 07, 2013 Nazyar Omrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اشک ... حسرت ... تامل ... قدرت ... شجاعت ... زنانگی با تمام معنایش
Oct 03, 2016 (a)lyss(a) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'I ask only one thing of you, that you do well in your studies,' my father told us over and over."

This book is a compelling read.

Hearing about Benazir Bhutto's life in her own words is an extraordinary telling of what she and her family experienced under the reign of Zia and the circumstances that lead to her eventual assassination. This is a good book for anyone interested in the history of Pakistan or a better understanding of the role of the Bhutto family in its history. From Benazir's upbri
Sep 25, 2016 Akshaj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an eye opener! As an Indian, I am naturally curious to know the perspective of our neighbouring country's citizens and leaders. I was certainly expecting blatant propaganda and a demonic portrayal of India as a " Hindu nation" . This was certainly not absent, but still far below my expectations. Mrs Bhutto manages to compliment the development of India and its economy . It also, surprisingly portrays Indira and Rajiv Gandhi in a good light!
Now onto the main section of the plot. Mrs Bhutto
Sehar  Moughal
Oct 17, 2014 Sehar Moughal rated it really liked it
If this was the first book I read on the Bhutto family, I'd fall in love with Benazir Bhutto - no doubt about it. I admire the courage she showed; standing bravely against 11 years of dictatorship and bringing democracy back to Pakistan. Retrospectively, her heart was in the right place and so were the principles she held so close. A quarter century later, I have my doubts - for good reasons. Her husband, Asif Zardari, portrayed as a sweet and caring man (with no political agenda) was exposed fo ...more
Sep 17, 2016 Ovuncsezer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın Benazir Bhutto'nun kaleminden çıkması yaşanan acıları ve çekilen sıkıntıları anlamamıza yardımcı oluyor ve kendinizi tüm bu Ortadoğu bataklığının içinde hissediyorsunuz. Pakistan'ı, Ortadoğu'yu, askeri darbeleri ve demokrasi kavramını sindirmek için çok başarılı bir kitap. Bölge hakkında bilgi sahibi olmadan da okunacak bir eser. Tabi ki kitapta yazılan her bir detayı ve olayı doğru kabul etmek olmaz ama genel hatlarıyla bölgeyi ve dünya siyasetini anlamak için çok başarılı buldum. Ayrıc ...more
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Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a centre-left political party in Pakistan. Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, having twice been Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996). She was Pakistan's first and to date only female prime minister.

Bhutto was the eldest child of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a P
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“Freedom and liberty, the essays we wrote on them, papers for our tutors, for grades, but did we know the value of those words which we bandied about, of how precious they are, as precious as the air we breathe, the water we drink.” 1 likes
“Above all you must study hard. Very few in Pakistan have the
opportunity you now have and you must take advantage of it. Never forget that
the money it is costing to send you comes from the land, from the people who
sweat and toil on those lands. You will owe a debt to them, a debt you can repay
with God's blessing by using your education to better their lives.”
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