Fatima Bhutto: Songs Of Blood And Sword: A Daughter's Memoir

In 1996, Mir Murtaza Bhutto was murdered by Pakistani police outside the family home in Karachi. His daughter, Fatima, was at home when it happened, just 14 years old. In 2007, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Fatima's aunt, and the woman she had publicly accused of ordering her father's murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi. This was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world's best-known political dynasties.

Fatima Bhutto offers a heartbreaking and revelatory first-hand account of the family that shaped Pakistan and whose history mirrors that of Pakistan itself. The quest to find the truth behind her father's murder has led Fatima Bhutto to the heart of her country's volatile political establishment. Bhutto will talk with Steve Coll, President of New America Foundation and author of The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century, about her memoir and the legacy of the Bhutto family.

Fatima Bhutto is a poet and writer. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, New Statesman, and other publications. She was a featured panelist at 2010 Daily Beast "Women in the World" Summit, and has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, CNN, and in the pages of Marie Claire. She currently lives in Karachi.

Steve Coll, a Pulitzer-prize wining journalist, is President of New America Foundation, and a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. He is the author of six books including; On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994), Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004); and The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century (2008). (Please note: Only books purchased at the event can be signed by Fatima Bhutto.)

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Fri 24 Sep 2010
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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