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Love Songs of Blood and Sword? Buy the selected items together This item: Fatima was not witness to any of the central political events described in the book, so most of the detailed narrative is recounted secondhand, recovered from Murtaza’s friends and colleagues. It is an epic tale full of the romance and legend of feudal life, the glamour and licence of the international political elite and ultimately, the tragedy of four generations of a family defined by a political idealism that would destroy them.

So read, but read with an open and critical eye.

In the book, the author blamed her aunt and her husband Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of her father, who was the biggest threat for her government. Fatima identifies two key decisions that set the course of Benazir’s life. This book has plenty of inside bhutfo from the author’s point of view, about her aunt Benazir Bhutto, uncle Asif Ali Zardari, and several other members of the family and the political reign in Pakistan.

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The Bhutto’s have obscene amounts of wealth, and a lot of inter-family murder. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Anyone who is of the opinion that Pakistan is a failed country would soon realize that it is one of those countries that has the uncanny ability to rise against all odds through intermittent displays of exuberance, much alike their lovable Cricket team.

Her descriptions of the significant tragedies of her life are heart wrenching and give the reader a pause. Nov 19, Ambar rated it did not like it. Get to Know Us.


This is a book everyone should read. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Of course, 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 aand.

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Critics and several relatives accused Fatima of twisting history to make unverified allegations that give a negative impression to the memory of Benazir Bhuttothe country’s only female Prime Minister. For a child to be born in exile in a highly political family—whose grandfather has been judicially murdered and his sons made to leave the country owing to a danger to their lives, and his daughter and wife arrested and tortured several times—who is observant and questioning of everything that goes on her life, it comes as no surprise when she de Songs of Blood and Sword is a beautiful memoir by Fatima Bhutto in the memory of her father Mir Murtaza Bhutto and her grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Overall a great book for learning about the history of Pakistani politics. She wrote “In fact, the book is an attack on Zardari whom Fatima blames for everything wrong with Pakistan today. I liked the way the book was structured, how the people and places intwertwined and made it a surreal journey through the most violent and remorseless history of Pakistan and it’s politicians. It’s an okay book, if slightly elitist and pretentious.

I think I also enjoyed the book more because it was written by someone close to my age so I was able to get a clearer picture of what was going on. She introduces herself on the cover as a granddaughter to an executed man, a niece to a murdered uncle and assassinated aunt and off to an assassinated father.

The extent of the kickbacks enjoyed by him and his late spouse is quite breathtaking.

Books by Fatima Bhutto. The entire time I read the book I felt she was trying to convert me to her beliefs on Pakistani politics with very biased information. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. With a grandfather deposed by and effectively executed via the Supreme Court by a man he had promoted, General Zia ul Haq, an activist and politician father – Murtaza Bhutto – mortally wounded by police in a staged “shootout” outside his home, and with her aunt Benazir Aword assasinated, this is a particularly bloody story, as reflected in the title.


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Despite having received education from the School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS London, incidentally the same college where I had an offer of completing my PhD with scholarship, in her narrative about Pakistan’s foreign policy and wars with India, she adopts the partisan outlook of someone who has been fed rumours and propaganda all her life. There is here undoubtedly a skewed perspective against Benazir Bhutto her aunt and for her father Murtazabut it worth reading to learn more about the inherent controversy about and within the Bhutto family.

Bhutto for penning down the story of her family—feudal, revolutionary, troubled, separated, killed in cold blood—beautifully. I picked it up from the shelf in the bookstore and decided to take a risk and buy it since the comment on the cover said ”If there’s anyone born to write this story, it is Fatima Bhutto”. Write a customer review. One of the rare gestures in which I gave five stars to a book,and the reasons for that are as follows: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

The evidence she presents implicating the current Pakistani president Asif Zardari and his deceased wife, the previous prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in the murder of the author’s father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, is convincingly delivered and speaks for itself.