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Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination & the Politics of Pakistan

Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination & the Politics of Pakistan

Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination & the Politics of Pakistan

  • By: Heraldo Muñoz

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ISBN: 9788130926667

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2014

Pages: 272

Size: 153 x 229 mm

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


“Muñozhas written a brilliant, incisive and page turning book—the last word on Benazir Bhutto's assassination. The murder of Benazir Bhutto shook a nation and the world but until now there has never been an authoritative explanation as to how and why she died. Mu??oz guides us through the enigma and chaos that is Pakistan and the double dealing that sustains the tortured relationship between that country and the United States.”
 —Ahmed Rashid, author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

“This is a chilling account of deceit, corruption and murder at the highest levels of power in Pakistan, an American ally. A carefully researched and compelling tale of tragedy masked as a government.”
—Tom Brokaw

‘Like some of history's other high profile assassinations, including that of John F. Kennedy, the killing of Benazir Bhutto remains cloaked in rumor, speculation and suspicion. The story of [the investigation] makes for a gripping read, but far more valuable are the insights Mu’oz elicits about the nature of Pakistani society and its political culture.?
—Zalmay Khalilzad, former US ambassador to Afghanistan


On December 27, 2007, after a major election rally in Rawalpindi, a suicide bomber, fired shots at former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and detonated explosives strapped to his chest. In a country ruled more often by military dictators than by elected governments, Bhutto offered a secular, democratic hope. Her assassination tore the country apart, destabilizing the entire region. Leading an international inquiry, Heraldo Muñoz delved into the murky world of Pakistani politics and the infamous Bhutto family, who rival the Kennedys in charisma, power, and tragedy. His year-long investigation frames a story of betrayals, corruption, foreign influence, turbulent politics, and unsolved political assassinations—all of which led to the death of the country's leading politician. With impeccable research and insight, Muñoz situates Bhutto in a surprisingly deep, decades-long history of US-Pakistan ties and the emergence of global terrorism, pinpointing the assassination as the moment when US-Pakistani relations were changed forever.


List of Illustrations • Preface • A Murder Foretold • An Early History of Instability • Violence in the Family and in the Nation • On the Road to Islamabad • The US Gravitas in Pakistani Affairs • The US-Brokered Return of Bhutto to Her Homeland • The Assassination • Whodunit? • The Investigation's Repercussions • Epilogue: Reflections on Bhutto, bin Laden, and Pakistan's Ties to the United States • Acknowledgment • Notes • Index


About the Author: 

The author of A Solitary War and the award-winning The Dictator's Shadow, Heraldo Muñoz is former Chilean ambassador to the UN and now assistant secretary general in charge of Latin America and Caribbean for UNDP. He lives in New York City.


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