Category: History / Asian & Middle Eastern
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7 October 2003
Number of pages: 368
Pakistan - with its political instability, vociferous Islamic community, pressing economic and social problems, access to nuclear weapons, and proximity to Afghanistan - stands at the very centre of global attention. Can General Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler, control the forces that helped create the Taliban in Afghanistan? In this book, journalist Owen Bennett Jones looks at Pakistan's turbulent past, recounts its recent history, and assesses its future options. A new introduction brings the account fully up to date.
What the papers say:
"I found it difficult to put down... Bennett Jones has that rare objectivity and realism that are the fruits of many years' reporting on Pakistan... For presidents and prime ministers, it ought to be in the holiday luggage. General Musharraf ought to keep it under his pillow, beside his pistol." Hazhir Teimourian, Literary Review "For anyone interested in the history of Pakistan and in putting into context events in the region today, this book is very helpful." Miriam Donohoe, Irish Times "A lucid and sobering examination... Owen Bennett Jones has delivered a well-crafted, clear, balanced, and often quite lively account that should be immensely useful to Americans who want to understand this difficult ally." Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post Book World "Comprehensive... The product of impressive expertise." Robert D. Kaplan, New York Times Book Review
Owen Bennett Jones was the BBC correspondent in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001 and witnessed firsthand many of the events that brought General Musharraf to power. He has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, and Independent newspapers, the London Review of Books, and Prospect magazine.
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