Daughter Of Destiny

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Daughter Of Destiny

By Benazir Bhutto
Simon and Schuster, 1989
411 pp. $21.95
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In this carefully written autobiography, Benazir Bhutto recounts the events that propelled her into becoming one of the world's youngest, and the first female, leader of a Muslim nation-Pakistan. She weaves a gripping and fascinating story of her life as the privileged daughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto; of her political education at Radcliffe and Oxford (the first female in her family to study abroad); and, after a coup orchestrated by General Zia ul-Haq overthrew her father's government and resulted in his execution, of the many years she spent imprisoned, tortured and fighting Zia's corrupt regime. As a historical account, however, the book is marred by Ms. Bhutto's white-washed presentation and selective account of her father's political career; for example, the fact that his government, as well as Zia's, was regularly accused of gross human rights violations by Amnesty International is never mentioned. Such omissions are unfortunate since they detract from the more important story she has to tell.

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