Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review of Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

"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.

Book blurb
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.
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. 

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover & design - 4.5/5
  2. Content - 3.5/5
  3. Overall - 3/5
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