Hot Best Seller

Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Availability: Ready to download

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto held the reins of the country from 1971 to 1977. He was overthrown in 1977 by his Chief of Army Staff, General Zia-ul-Haq and executed in 1979. Zia-ul-Haq ruled over Pakistan for eleven years with an iron fist, curbing all dissent until he got blown up in an air crash in 1988. In almost three decades since, Pakistan’s le Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto held the reins of the country from 1971 to 1977. He was overthrown in 1977 by his Chief of Army Staff, General Zia-ul-Haq and executed in 1979. Zia-ul-Haq ruled over Pakistan for eleven years with an iron fist, curbing all dissent until he got blown up in an air crash in 1988. In almost three decades since, Pakistan’s leadership has changed hands fifteen times. An extremely controversial and confrontational politics is associated with the era of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It is therefore not surprising that, considering his towering stature, not enough has been researched and written about the tumultuous years of his accession to power culminating in what today is best described as regicide. Syeda Hameed delves deep into the politics of Pakistan, meeting Bhutto’s contemporaries, mining information from archives and letters to bring to the fore a rich yet disturbing life and times of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.


Compare

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto held the reins of the country from 1971 to 1977. He was overthrown in 1977 by his Chief of Army Staff, General Zia-ul-Haq and executed in 1979. Zia-ul-Haq ruled over Pakistan for eleven years with an iron fist, curbing all dissent until he got blown up in an air crash in 1988. In almost three decades since, Pakistan’s le Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto held the reins of the country from 1971 to 1977. He was overthrown in 1977 by his Chief of Army Staff, General Zia-ul-Haq and executed in 1979. Zia-ul-Haq ruled over Pakistan for eleven years with an iron fist, curbing all dissent until he got blown up in an air crash in 1988. In almost three decades since, Pakistan’s leadership has changed hands fifteen times. An extremely controversial and confrontational politics is associated with the era of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It is therefore not surprising that, considering his towering stature, not enough has been researched and written about the tumultuous years of his accession to power culminating in what today is best described as regicide. Syeda Hameed delves deep into the politics of Pakistan, meeting Bhutto’s contemporaries, mining information from archives and letters to bring to the fore a rich yet disturbing life and times of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

48 review for Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vishnu Chevli

    "Born to be hanged" - Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) is one of the kind of genre that I have tried the first time. Before I talk about ZAB or author I would like to praise book designer. Hardcovered book & its content is wonderfully designed. It is one of such book which you can keep in your library no matter content is interesting or not. Now talking about ZAB's life. The book has covered how ZAB son of a Jagirdar (landlord) rose to the top & eventually went down. ZAB's childho "Born to be hanged" - Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) is one of the kind of genre that I have tried the first time. Before I talk about ZAB or author I would like to praise book designer. Hardcovered book & its content is wonderfully designed. It is one of such book which you can keep in your library no matter content is interesting or not. Now talking about ZAB's life. The book has covered how ZAB son of a Jagirdar (landlord) rose to the top & eventually went down. ZAB's childhood & upbringing was done with great care. He attended prestigious schools & colleges, he was a star performer during his schooling.He was active in politics even during his studies. He had to come back Pakistan due to his father's death. When he came back he joined Pakistan politics & represented Pakistan in UN. From there onwards, there was no look back for ZAB till one day he was imprisoned. Do read for more information. The book is written with a good amount of research. It is having detailed annexure for those who would be interested in only his major life & political events. Detailed Review Link - http://chevusread.blogspot.in/2018/02...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nirav

    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) was one fascinating politician to say the least. Well yeah, he hated India like anything that’s for sure but the love he had for his own country was only second to Jinnah. At the young age he sent a letter to Jinnah which in turn inspired him to become a politician himself. This political biography offers something for everyone to read when it comes to know about Pakistan’s politics in the Bhutto era. The author has got most of her facts right (which I have not checked Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) was one fascinating politician to say the least. Well yeah, he hated India like anything that’s for sure but the love he had for his own country was only second to Jinnah. At the young age he sent a letter to Jinnah which in turn inspired him to become a politician himself. This political biography offers something for everyone to read when it comes to know about Pakistan’s politics in the Bhutto era. The author has got most of her facts right (which I have not checked most of them myself but accurate references are given). It also gives us a sneak peek into ZAB’s life as a father and how much he loved his children and did whatever it takes to give them a better life. His staunch views against India are very neatly expressed and personally speaking I am not sure what to make of it. As a reader it is up to you to figure out how much do you agree with it and how much you don’t, I shall reserve my comments on it. This book also has photos of his early days in Larkana and till he became the PM. This book also lets us into how PPP was formed and how ZAB made it all happen and it takes us to all the highs and lows of the party and ZAB as a person. This book also offers us different perspectives about ZAB that are told via some eminent persons who have seen him grow and fall in close quarters. The book has a lot of facts to read and process as a reader. This genre is quite new to me and I absolutely loved reading it from start to end. For someone who wants to know what happened to Pakistan after Jinnah and Ayub Khan, this book does offer some perspective to read and absorb in the formation of Pakistan through ZAB’s eyes. One of the most stand out things I loved in the book is the speech ZAB gave at UN and how pissed off he was of the Tashkent Declaration.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anjana Basu

    Review Body: HUBRIS AND THE HERO Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Syeda Hameed Rupa Publications INR 500 Born to be hanged - an old English grandmother’s complaint about the rascal of the family. In Syeda Hameed’s book of course the title is a two edged sword. The whole world knows about the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and at that point in time it struck a blow at the power structure of Pakistani politics, sending the People’s Party of Pakistan reeling and along the w Review Body: HUBRIS AND THE HERO Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Syeda Hameed Rupa Publications INR 500 Born to be hanged - an old English grandmother’s complaint about the rascal of the family. In Syeda Hameed’s book of course the title is a two edged sword. The whole world knows about the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and at that point in time it struck a blow at the power structure of Pakistani politics, sending the People’s Party of Pakistan reeling and along the way sowing the seeds for the assassinations of his son and daughter. Not that Hameed was responsible for the title – her source was Sir Maurice James’ Pakistan Chronicles.James was British High Commissioner in Pakistan during the war in 1965 and earned Bhutto’s wrath for various things that he went public with, including the fact that Bhutto hated Hindus and India. Bhutto held the reins of power in Pakistan for six years between 1971 and 1977. He was then overthrown by General Zia ul Huq who was his Chief of Army Staff. Bhutto’s rise to power was hardly smooth but given the nature of politics in Pakistan, that was unsurprising. Syeda Hameed spent twenty years researching her subject – she had never met Bhutto. In her ‘political biography’ she transforms him into a figure from Greek tragedy, a larger than life figure doomed by his hubris to that final lonely death, a common criminal’s hanging. Star crossed, if you like, a man who combined intense charm with intense callousness, was a caring husband and father,but who only cared for his own personal gain regardless of the consequences even to those close to him. His mother, as not many know, was a legendary Hindu courtesan which earned him contempt from many fellow feudals. It was something that ZAB, as Hameed calls him, could not get over and to that could possibly be ascribed his hatred of Hindus. Despite herself, Hameed cannot help admiring Bhutto. She praises his rant against the monster India at the United Nations, while being intensely aware that Bhutto triggered the 1965 War with his machinations. While she talks of the events behind the Bangladesh War, she glosses over the fact that he was responsible for unleashing the brutality of the Army on East Pakistan and refusing to accept Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s majority in the Elections. This could possibly be because Hameed is moved by the charisma of someone whom she ranks with Agamemnon and the other tragic Greeks or it could be a reflection of that charm which he could turn on so easily. However Hameed does devote a chapter to the torture that Bhutto was capable of inflicting on those who went against him, no matter whether they were close to him or not. His police had instructions to use any form of Guantano Bay tactic that they pleased. The fallout of this was the fact that there were no real protests when Bhutto was hanged – by then those who made him a hero had seen through him. However, General Zia took extra care to destroy the execution site so that it could not used as a gathering point for revolt – though that did not prevent nemesis strikingthe Generalin the shape of an exploding plane. Hameed’s research of the man she never met is impeccable – she delved into archives of letters in Lahore, spent time in Bhutto’s library and spoke to as many of Bhutto’s associates as she could reach during her trips to Pakistan. As testimony to her hard work, the book is dedicated to Bhutto’s oldest living associate who co-founded the Pakistan People’s Party with him. In the end this political biography proves that sometimes the gods are not mocked and that Greek tragedies harsh as they were, had a point.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harini Dedhia

    The title and even the way the book begins sets a context for a vivid characterisation of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto with the aid of the events of his life. However the meat of the book falls short of this expectation. The book is too focused on those around him and fails to justify the premise of likening Bhutto as the Oedipus king of Pakistan. Nonetheless, it is a read rich with information on Pakistani politics which has always been intriguing to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Babar Khan

    This book doesn’t go into detail to explain Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, it focuses on Mubashir Hassan’s perspective and fails to take into account perspectives of neutral commentators. Also it fails to explain the role of NAP in the downfall of Bhutto. The rest is fine!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Humayun Zafar Ladhuka

    ZAB was a strong leader and politician who led the country in times when no other could have done. The way he was hanged still echoes the truth of injustice in Pakistan that has ruined hundreds of families across the subcontinent. Born to be Hanged is a good work by the writer as far as political life of Zulfi Bhutto is concerned. However, other dynamics of a changing political theater of the 70s is completely missed in this book that also shaped many decisions taken by ZAB. And I would say Zulf ZAB was a strong leader and politician who led the country in times when no other could have done. The way he was hanged still echoes the truth of injustice in Pakistan that has ruined hundreds of families across the subcontinent. Born to be Hanged is a good work by the writer as far as political life of Zulfi Bhutto is concerned. However, other dynamics of a changing political theater of the 70s is completely missed in this book that also shaped many decisions taken by ZAB. And I would say Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan is a more comprehensive read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amin Afridi

  8. 5 out of 5

    Uzair Salman

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ammar

    http://tns.thenews.com.pk/life-death-... http://tns.thenews.com.pk/life-death-...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah Khan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Prateek Gupta

  13. 5 out of 5

    M. Habeeb

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kamran Butt

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ali

  16. 4 out of 5

    Akul Malhotra

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alzcatraz Book Reviews

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimz

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamison H

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jayant G

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fahad Malik

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ramakrishna Cherukuri

  23. 4 out of 5

    Asad

  24. 5 out of 5

    میر دہوار

  25. 4 out of 5

    Saud Khan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Ganjoo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nohail Alavi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mustafa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Syed Ahmed Abdullah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janakiram

  31. 4 out of 5

    Shamili

  32. 5 out of 5

    Anusha Pant

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sitara

  34. 5 out of 5

    Radhika Chauhan

  35. 4 out of 5

    Raza

  36. 5 out of 5

    Ankit Saxena

  37. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  38. 5 out of 5

    Hari Narayan Nair

  39. 4 out of 5

    Atia Ejaz

  40. 5 out of 5

    Changez Jan

  41. 4 out of 5

    Mansoor Kataria

  42. 4 out of 5

    Huma IZ

  43. 5 out of 5

    Shubham Nigam

  44. 4 out of 5

    Salim

  45. 5 out of 5

    Anuj

  46. 4 out of 5

    Devang Jayendrakumar Mehta

  47. 5 out of 5

    Leena Prasanna

  48. 4 out of 5

    Rabihaya

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.