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Pakistan: Eye of the Storm

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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 center of global attention. Can General Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler, control the forces that helped create the Taliban in Afghanistan? In this fascinating book, journalist Owen Be ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 10th 2003 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 22, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing

Having willfully ignored Pakistan for years, I finally sat down to read Owen Bennett Jones' book ... and discovered I couldn't put it down. And by so doing, I filled an important hole I'd been ignoring in my overview and understanding of Asia.

Pakistan's history is short but turbulent. This excellent, well-researched, beautifully written book covers its history, personalities, politics, and issues in chapters that first present an overview of Pakistan's history then proceed to address each major

Jun 05, 2016 Amit rated it liked it
Owen Bennett Jones has written a crisp book on one of the most troubled countries of the present decade. With journalistic flair, he packages the recurrent themes of the Pakistani theatre, fundamentalism, feudalism,
corruption and above all - the army. The book is a canny reflection on the factors that have failed Pakistan.
I loved this book. I remember seeing it in my college bookstore and just squealing with delight. I immediately bought it. I'm so impulsive.

Anyhow. This was quite the learning experience. I mean I was obviously aware of the history of Pakistan but I was always sure that it was biased at some places. I like how Jones wrote this book. He did give credit where credit was due and also didn't shy away from revealing Pakistan's failures throughout history. There was no glorification of the leaders unli
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Jul 01, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a remarkable book on Pakistan, context setting with amazing insights. I especially enjoyed the references to individual stories of feudals, generals and politicians to strength the author's deductions. Unfortunately the future looks bleaker for the moment with the rise in terrorism and anarchy. I found the last chapter on Musharraf and his non-existent policy on education something the author to have needlessly injected as education is the main reason for the sad state of affairs in Paki ...more
Dec 18, 2009 Dominique rated it really liked it
This book gave me a better grasp of how and why Pakistan is in the state it is today. Each chapter focuses on a different and equally important issue, e.g. the different ethnic groups and how they interact, the politics related to Kashmir, NWFP, the military, and the power holders -- particularly Musharraf. The author was the BBC correspondent based in Pakistan from 1998-2001 so the writing is more journalistic.
Jun 25, 2010 Intikhab rated it really liked it
Good book to read about Pakistan. Gives a comprehensive account of Pakistan's history and present day situation in addition to explaining likely future challenges faced to it. Chapters on Kashmir, Nationalism, Bangladesh, The Bomb and the Army give a detailed background information about what went wrong with Pakistan since its creation in 1947.
Aug 27, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
BBC reporter Owen Bennett Jones writes just as crisply as he reads the news. He paints a lucid, troubling portrait of Pakistan's traumatic birth, turbulent past and unstable present that leaves the reader worried not just for Pakistan's future but our own.
crisp but largely known info about pakistan. a delightful read nonetheless since it is organized topically rather than chronologically.
Mar 30, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thematically organized with a timeline to help you locate intersections. Not heavily biased. Insightful and informative.
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Jun 26, 2011 Daniel Bakken rated it it was amazing
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Pakistan is not a state; it's an army. Not one of Pakistan's leaders has ever completed his term in office.
Jan 10, 2013 Hasan rated it liked it
Hardly includes any new information on a complex topic that constantly requires new research.
Jun 13, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Good review of what is going on in Pakistan and the region.
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Apr 04, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good background information on the region.
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