Daughter of Destiny by Benazir Bhutto

DaughterThis is Bhutto’s autobiography, published in 1989. I read it soon after its publication, selecting it because I enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies, especially those about women. At the time, I had never heard of Bhutto, and I had absolutely no knowledge of, or interest in, politics in Pakistan.

I was impressed by Bhutto’s intelligence and by her education at Harvard and Oxford. Her book makes the political situation in Pakistan during the 1970s and 1980s both easily understandable and fascinating. Bhutto discusses her idealistic hopes for her country, the 1977 murder of her father, who was Pakistan’s prime minister, her many years in prison, her political exile and her arranged marriage. The book ends on the eve of her 1988 election.

The book is currently out of print, but the library has a copy. Bhutto recently wrote another autobiography, which is being rushed into print, but this book provides a wonderful way to learn about the early life of a remarkable woman whose assassination is now in the news.

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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