In the Line of Fire: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 26, 2006 - Political Science - 352 pages
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 its nuclear neighbor India, Pakistan has come close to full-scale war on two occasions since it first exploded a nuclear bomb in 1998. As President Musharraf struggles for the security and political future of his nation, the stakes could not be higher for the world at large.

It is unprecedented for a sitting head of state to write a memoir as revelatory, detailed, and gripping as In the Line of Fire. Here, for the first time, readers can get a firsthand view of the war on terror in its central theater. President Musharraf details the manhunts for Osama and Zawahiri and their top lieutenants, complete with harrowing cat-and-mouse games, informants, interceptions, and bloody firefights. He tells the stories of the near-miss assassination attempts, not only against himself but against Shaukut Aziz (later elected prime minister) and one of his top army officers (later the vice chief of army staff), and of the abduction and beheading of Daniel Pearl -- as well as the forensic and shoe-leather investigations that uncovered the perpetrators. He details the army's mountain operations that have swept several valleys clean, and he talks about the areas of North Waziristan where al Qaeda is still operating.

Yet the war on terror is just one of the many headline-making subjects in In the Line of Fire. The full story of the events that brought President Musharraf to power in 1999 is told for the first time. He reveals new details of the 1999 confrontation with India in Kashmir (the Kargil conflict) and offers a proposal for resolving the Kashmir dispute.

He offers a portrait of Mullah Omar, with stories of Pakistan's attempts to negotiate with him. Concerning A. Q. Khan and his proliferation network, he explains what the government knew and when it knew it, and he reveals fascinating details of Khan's operations and the investigations into them.

In addition, President Musharraf takes many stances that will make news. He calls for the Muslim world to recognize Israel once a viable Palestinian state is created. He urges the repeal of Pakistan's 1979 Hudood law. He calls for the emancipation of women and for their full political equality with men. He tells the sad story of Pakistan's experience with democracy and what he has done to make it workable.
 

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The Pakistani leader recounts a life steered by "luck and destiny" and vigorously defends and promotes his nation to the world.A turning point in Musharraf's well-written memoir comes when he recalls ... Read full review

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Contents

The Quest for Democracy
154
Putting the System Right
164
KickStarting the Economy
181
PART FIVE THE WAR ON TERROR
197
One Day That Changed the World
199
Omar and Osama
208
The War Comes to Pakistan
222
Manhunt
237

The Potters Wheel
39
Into the Fire
44
Life in the Fire
56
Living Through the Dreadful Decade
71
From Chief to Chief Executive
81
The Kargil Conflict
87
Contents PART THREE THE HIJACKING DRAMA
99
Plane to Pakistan
101
The Conspiracy
109
The Countercoup
120
Anatomy of Suicide
135
PART FOUR REBUILDING THE NATION
141
Pakistan First
143
Tightening the Noose
245
Al Qaeda in the Mountains
264
The Symbiosis of Terrorism and Religion
275
PAKISTAN AT HOME AND ABROAD
283
Nuclear Proliferation
285
International Diplomacy
297
The Social Sector
310
The Emancipation of Women
314
The Soft Image of Pakistan
320
Leadership on Trial The Earthquake
324
Reflections
330
Index
339
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Pervez Musharraf's
life has mirrored the life of his country, ever since Pakistan's creation when he was a four-year-old boy. His and Pakistan's stories are dramatic, fateful, and crucial to the entire world.

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