Pakistan: A Hard Country

Pakistan: A Hard Country

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by Anatol Lieven
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1610391454

ISBN-13: 9781610391450

Pub. Date: 03/06/2012

Publisher: PublicAffairs


In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is

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In the past decade Pakistan has become a country of immense importance to its region, the United States, and the world. With almost 200 million people, a 500,000-man army, nuclear weapons, and a large diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. Yet the greatest short-term threat to Pakistan is not Islamist insurgency as such, but the actions of the United States, and the greatest longterm threat is ecological change.

Anatol Lieven’s book is a magisterial investigation of this highly complex and often poorly understood country. Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven’s extensive travels as a journalist and academic, Pakistan: A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610391450
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
354,088
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

List of Acronyms xiv

Part 1 Land, People and History

1 Introduction: Understanding Pakistan 3

2 The Struggle for Muslim South Asia 41

Part 2 Structures

3 Justice 83

4 Religion 124

5 The Military 161

6 Politics 204

Part 3 The Provinces

7 Punjab 259

8 Sindh 302

9 Balochistan 339

10 The Pathans 371

Part 4 The Taleban

11 The Pakistani Taleban 405

12 Defeating the Taleban? 442

Conclusions 477

Notes 483

Books Consulted 496

Glossary 506

Appendrx 1 Chronology of Muslim South Asia 509

Appendix 2 Pakistani Statistics 518

Index 521

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Pakistan: A Hard Country 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mermao More than 1 year ago
This is the most fascinating non-fiction book I have read in a long time. I've read other works by Lieven and respect him a lot, but he really outdoes himself here, based on years of in-country study and hundreds of in-depth personal interviews. Pakistan almost seems like a country which is the invention of a fantasy writer, but there it is in the real world and the US is deeply (far too deeply, in my opinion) involved with it. If you really want a good understanding of what the world and the people of Pakistan face, don't neglect to read this book.