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In the Line of Fire

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  1,131 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
According to "Time" magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job." He has twice come within inches of assassination. His forces have caught more than 670 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 ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by Free Press (first published 2006)
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Heliya Azita
Jun 19, 2007 Heliya Azita rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for:
Pervez Musharraf
is Last Hope for pakistan
Ronald Wise
Jul 22, 2011 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". I now have a better understanding of the geography and culture there, and a greater respect for the ethnic/religous problems his nation faces. It's too bad, though, that this book was written three years ago — I'd love to know his impressi ...more
Armour Craig
Jun 12, 2008 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..." I noticed that a lot!

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
Feb 14, 2010 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 1999-2008. 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 2000s, that were not written about in the media.
Dec 18, 2009 Tom rated it it was ok
One word: Narcissism.

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 1999 and His reflections on the world into which Pakistan was shoved following September 11 2001 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
Will Byrnes
Boy does this guy think a lot of himself. His boasting is enough to make one want to reach for a very long feather and bring forth one’s latest meal. 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. He describes his rambunctousness as being “naughty.” It was a struggle to ...more
Oct 18, 2009 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....he had his target audience in mind. I am sure the book must have sold like hot cakes
Oct 14, 2008 Ramesh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MORONS
Recommended to Ramesh by: A MORON


Do you know India is responsible for all the Woes that Pakistan faces......of course we caused the damned earthquake.....We forced them to be friends with Al qaeeda, paavam they had no iota of what was happening.....Welcome to the new trillion $ eceonomy in the world....PAKISTAN

Mar 22, 2011 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
Pervez Musharraf was a golden light in the history of Pakistan... at least according to Pervez Musharraf. It was an interesting read, it only to get a sense of how easy it is to persuade yourself that you are right. Despite how uncomfortable it was to read yet another personal brag, his chapter on counter terrorism efforts in Pakistan was enlightening.
Salman Tariq
Jan 27, 2017 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.
the famous tale starts from indian migrating family who suffered partition .
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
Srinivas Veeraraghavan
Jun 19, 2013 Srinivas Veeraraghavan rated it did not like it
Easily, THE worst book that I've read in quite a while. And no, it was not the anti-India rhetoric that irked me. That was a given in any case.

I knew that this wasn't likely to be the most candid/eye opening autobiography ever BUT, this was so artificial, prejudiced and unnatural that after a while; you actually end up feeling a tad miffed that the bloke takes you (the reader) for a sucker and expects you to gobble up this drivel.

Sure glad that I didn't waste too many bucks in getting my hands o
Mohit Garg
Mar 05, 2009 Mohit Garg rated it did not like it
Very funny. Highly hilarious.
The person should not be a president but should be a comedian..
Malik Wahaj
May 28, 2015 Malik Wahaj rated it really liked it
This book is a manuscript for the people of Pakistan who wants to understand what happened between 1998 onwards in the country.

From Kargil War to the fall of Nawaz Sharif's Government and to the War on Terror. There is a lot which always needed to be answered by him and he did rightly in this book.

A brilliant book to read for any Pakistani who wants real picture of the nation's crisis and rebuilding phases in the last decade.

P.S: I see a lot of butt-hurt Indian fans commenting here. Thank you fo
May 31, 2007 Asma marked it as to-read
Pakistan Zindabad!
Kashif Riaz
Aug 19, 2016 Kashif Riaz rated it it was amazing
Finally I have completed “IN THE LINE OF FIRE” an autobiography by Ex-president General Pervez Musharraf narrating a series of experiences that he had come across either personally or publicly.
The book is a mirror reflecting our present in our past. It mainly consist of three parts, first one giving a brief introduction about the personal life of Musharraf while the second portion consist of series of events that he had come across during the era of early 70’s to late 90’s giving readers a deta
Jeremy Baker
Aug 12, 2008 Jeremy Baker rated it did not like it
If you enjoy whitewashed history, lies of omission, and explorations of the ways in which one can rationalize keeping a brutal dictator in power, you will love this book.

Those of us with our Bergeron Handicaps disengaged, however, will recognize it as a desperate attempt to clean up the image of a truly evil man. General Musharraf has been hailed as a staunch ally in the war on terror, while the reality is that Musharraf consistently suborns terrorist organizations in Pakistans northern province
Barry Sierer
Jan 17, 2014 Barry Sierer rated it liked it
This book was disappointing in the sense of its overt, and at times egregious, promotion of Musharraf and his decisions. However this should also be expected given his background and his own role in Pakistan's history. Despite its flaws, the books gives an essential perspective on:
-The basics of how the Pakistani government truly functions
-The removal of Nawaz Sharif from power
-The Kargil conflict
-Relations with India
-Anti-Terror operations within Pakistan and
-The Murder of Daniel Pearl

The secti
Aditi Agarwal
Sep 23, 2009 Aditi Agarwal rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who would like a different perspective of things and can handle it maturely
Pervez Musharraf talks about himself ... Which is good ... but is he really speaking the truth, thats what all Indians would like to know ...

Almost every war, every disaster in Pakistan has been blamed on India ... Which is fair enough coming from a Pakistani (obviously he's not going to say - "We attacked India") ... A different perspective for any Indian ... It somehow gets very sugary in the middle as Pervez tries to show he is perfect - he did nothing wrong at any point of time (or he doesnt
Aravindh Sundaragopalan
A autobiography , so we have to read everything with a pinch of salt.
I would recommend this for
1. Provides military operational details in the pak army

2. General politics and the country's political history from Musharaf's POV.
3. Musharaf has a interesting story, though it has nothing abt how his regime ended.
4. View of a pak president on india !

Also one should skim through a lot of details and names that might not make sense(read as unimportant)
to the normal reader much .

Zain Haider
Apr 08, 2015 Zain Haider rated it did not like it
If trash ever passed as autobiographical literature this is what it would be.
An adolescent school boy's, poorly written, deluded fantasies about playing an action-hero in real life.
Narcissism unbound; the only conclusion to take from this book is that Musharraf suffers from an acute messiah-complex; not really a shocker since he did stab a nascent democracy.
The long title of this narrative should be "or, Lies a Megalomaniac will use as Propaganda."
Jan 23, 2008 Tahir rated it did not like it
I got this book as a gift from my uncle.although at start i was very enthusiastic about reading it and i read it in just two or three sittings,but to say the truth it is simply collection of self praisng pages.So dont waste your time and money in reading and buying this peace of filth.
May 19, 2007 Alejandro rated it it was ok
the man does like to toot his own horn...but if you survive two assassination attempts, I guess you are entitled to do so.
interesting first hand tale of how a man went from the military to leading his nation.
Aug 04, 2012 Kazi rated it liked it
The reason being of its fame is solely that its author was a president at the time of its publishing.
zain ul aabdin the presentation of ideas...

my political affiliations didnt matter with the reading of the book.yet i didnt find it convincing
Sajith Kumar
Of all the rivalries in the world, that between siblings is the most brutal and often sanguinary. Nothing exemplifies this rule better than the case of India and Pakistan, born on consecutive days in August 1947. The birth of the nations was accompanied by communal riots of the worst kind and millions of people were forcibly exchanged between the two nations. After independence, the social and political life of the sister countries diverged considerably. While India consistently followed a democ ...more
Syed Ahmed kataria
Sep 25, 2016 Syed Ahmed kataria marked it as to-read
Year of Publication: 2006

Pages: 335

Price: £ 18.99

Reviewed by: Syed Ahmed Katariya

The book “IN THE LINE OF FIRE” is written by Mr. General Parvaz Mushraf President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The book is Interesting and thought provoking at least for every kashmiree. Although this book talks about the Pakistan India and the personal life of Mr. General. However there are little thoughts and negligible writing about the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is the
Rajiv Datta
May 10, 2017 Rajiv Datta rated it liked it
"In the line of fire" by Pervez Musharraf is not an autobiography, it is rather a book that equates Mr. Pervez with some sort of Greek Demigod. This book narrates incidents by which Mr. Pervez rode through the top of the ladder. He portrayed himself as a son of mohajir(emigrant from India during India) , who overcame all the odds . He seemed to somehow defeat everyone, from a bully from another neighbourhood to Nawaz Sharif. According to the author,army is the most revered & incorruptible in ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Suleman rated it it was ok
Oh, from where I should start, the book in poorly written, I guess in hurry like it was a home work from the teacher and you were supposed to give it to the teacher, in this case the publisher, on due date.
The book takes us on the journey that how Musharraf became The Musharraf, oh wait it was supposed to do that. But instead it just highlights the events in general’s life. How he achieved that and how he did that and how it happened because of him. I am not saying that he was lying or manipula
Ajitabh Pandey
I picked up this book out of curiosity that what would a Pakistani General and then President thinks about India. I was sure I will find something about India-Pakistan relations in this book and I was interested in the other side of the story. Apart from what I wanted to know, there were quite a lot of information in this book and I was surprised that Mr Musharraf does not turned out to be a great supporter of Marshal Law and that is why perhaps when he was forced to take over the reins of his c ...more
Mohsin Khan
Apr 13, 2016 Mohsin Khan rated it did not like it
I first saw this book sitting on my Father's bookshelf at a time when I had recently finished reading a Biography of Gandhi. Since I knew very little about Musharraf's character at the time, I thought, what better way to know the guy than to read his autobiography? So I picked up the book, made myself some coffee and started reading it. After reading 100 pages of this book, several things went through my mind:
1. Musharraf cannot write to save his life. He writes like a 12 year old kid in need of
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Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرويز مشرف), NI, HI, was the twelfth President of Pakistan. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Pakistan as well as former Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. On 18 August 2008, in a nationally-televised speech, he announced his resignation as President of Pakistan.

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