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In Septemberfourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto shielded her baby brother while shots rang out outside the family home in Karachi. As only of of the three remaining members of the Bhutto family, this book will fill you with anger at the injustices that she, along with her family, have withstood, and admiration at her bravery and ability to dig so deeply into the painful past of her father’s assassination.

The story covers the events, she saw through her eyes in her young lifetime. An utterly spellbinding book, full of breathtaking facts and mindboggling anecdotes fatimw Pakistan’s sordid political culture. The book is well structured starting with the incident of her father’s assassination then going backwards to tell the story of the Buttos, her grandfather, her father and his siblings, to explain family background and the events leading to his death.

Try the Kindle edition datima experience these great reading features: Between Mosque and Military. The Shadow of the Crescent Moon: Wow, what a riveting story if you are a Pakistani.

Fatima also believes that the mysterious poisoning of her uncle Shahnawaz in was the work of some combination of the Zia regime, the CIA and Benazir.

This builds into a classic clash of good versus sngs, with the author eventually joining up all her father’s and grandfather’s enemies into one secretive coalition — an army-Benazir-feudal-US alliance.

The first was to make peace with the Zia regime in by agreeing to participate in elections; this brought her into the military-political establishment, from whose grip she could never then escape. It is for this reason we should give the author the benefit of doubt because she slips into a similar position.


Fatima studied in England and America, and speaks perfect Oxford English, and doesn’t betray her own polical leanings. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

So read, but read with an open and critical eye. But for those who like their history presented in personal terms, it will not disappoint. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Her descriptions of inter-personal interactions with her father leave no doubts as to how close their relationship was.

The Bhutto family is intensely controversial. The fact that all of them died in either pursuit of power or during internal power struggles has been ignored by the writer.

Amazon Second Chance Pass gook on, trade it in, give it a second life. I’m having trouble getting engaged with this book.

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir by Fatima Bhutto

She takes us through the family’s rise and fall to power in Pakistan sharing her own father’s struggle as he was in exile for 16 years, his comeback and his death. Fatima tends to follow her aunt Benazir Bhutto in dramatizing and romanticizing but it is definitely worth while reading and helps to understand events in her family.

Murtaza, for her daughter was an amazing father and an honest politician when he later joined politicswho wanted to change the condition of his people back home. This is chillingly described in the beginning of the book, lucidly detailed and from an innocent child’s perspective.

Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto

Fatima has authored the book well and she given a proud illusatration of Bhutto family, its royalty and past. Of swoed, Murtaza her father is not what she’d like us to believe, neither is he as angelic as she tries mighty hard to convince us, and at the same time, Benazir her aunt cannot be as fiendish as she’s portrayed her to be.

Zardari only to mention a few ; her book does provide an in depth and often juicy look into the bloody history of Pakistan although biasedwhich may otherwise bhutot too boring for a lot bhutot people. She introduces herself on the cover as a granddaughter to an executed man, a niece to a murdered uncle and assassinated aunt and daughter to an assassinated father. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In generation after generation a Bhutto family member,though coming from a famous aristocratic and feudal family, has risen to the heights of political power, and then been assassinated.


Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir

If Zulfikar and Murtaza Bhutto really did try to change Pakistan the way it fqtima described in the book, the world surely needs more politicians like them! She currently lives in Karachi. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Second, it used to be a part of Turkey. Arifa Akbar published another mixed review in The Independent by noting “As much as this is a loving portrait of Murtaza, it also reads as a hate-filled expose of Benazir and her husband. I could og to understand her emotion by the end of it, no longer did I see any lack of objectivity.

But this is not a literary masterpiece. The paragraphs are free flowing, with a vocabulary which is highly sobgs at times, bhtto the author successfully fills the void of those boring moments which one encounters while reading an average memoir – the book is a finely penned work and serves as an important reference for political developments that have shaken Pakistan with time.

The niece of the assassinated Benazir Bhutto, whom she accuses of orchestrating her father’s murder, has written a chilling book about the feudal rivalries of Pakistan’s ruling elite which helps explain the unholy political mess in that country.