April 21, 2024

Killing Bhutto: Gettting Away With Murder

On December 27, 2007 a suicide bomber killed Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan. She was the head of a political family as important to Pakistan history as the Gandhis in India or the Kennedys in the United States.

Bhutto had recently returned from exile to challenge military dictator Pervez Musharraf in a democratic election. Speculations as to who assassinated Bhutto ran wild. The individuals behind the conspiracy have never been found, but in Getting Away with Murder, Heraldo Muñoz goes further than anyone else to unravel the mystery of Bhutto’s death. Leading a United Nations’ inquiry, Muñoz delved into the murky world of Pakistani politics, the controversies and violence surrounding the Bhutto family and the unexpected role that the U.S. played in the tragic events.

OPC member Tom Brokaw wrote “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.”

Lally Weymouth, senior associate editor of The Washington Post, will be the Interlocutor. She interviewed Prime Minister Bhutto two weeks before the assassination which was Bhutto’s last foreign interview. Lally is the daughter of Katharine and Philip Graham, both publishers of the Post. Previously she was the special diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek.

The Book Night will be held at the Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street. Registration begins at 6 p.m., the Talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Reception. Please RSVP to Wilda Escarfuller at wescarfuller@as-coa.org.