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Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan

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An eyewitness account by an acclaimed New Yorker reporter

Wedged between India and Afghanistan, Pakistan is the second-largest nation in the Islamic world, and is situated in what is currently one of the most volatile regions on earth. It has assumed a commanding role in militant Islam, a frightening portent being its creation of Afghanistan's bizarre fundamentalist stude
Library Binding, 317 pages
Published (first published October 20th 2002)
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Michele Vincenzo Scrimenti
Pakistan seems to be a country America would care a lot about. Yet the place where US money, training and weapons merged with Arab extremists to give birth to al-Qaeda, the Taliban and international terrorists is not only misunderstood, it is completely ignored. "Pakistan" tells the story of a country that is, like Libya and other post-colonial states, more a combination of tribes and religious sects than a nation. Through interviews with everyone from Musharraf to Benazir Bhutto to the average ...more
This is the third consecutive book on Afghanistan/Pakistan/CIA/bin Laden I've read after a recommendation from my friend Naeem Inayatullah, who taught me international relations at Ithaca College. He is three-for-three.

Journalist Mary Anne Weaver takes you inside Pakistan's ferocious, turbulent politics with access to the most influential people in the country. She interviews everyone: Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf, and Islamist leaders who were once armed and funded by the CIA to kill commun
Oct 22, 2013 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After learning about Afghanistan this book helped give me some context and history of the area that I had not taken into consideration. I ended up worrying more about the situation in Central Asia when I was given all the factors that she shares with us. In particular, Pakistan is not united since it has so many influences, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Balochistan, the military and the Taliban to name a few. I cannot even imagine methods of government for this country.

I was rather annoyed with all
David Wen
A very detailed book presenting the past and current (2003) status of the country of Pakistan. Wasn't a fan of how the events or chapters were organized since it wasn't chronological and were at times very hard to follow. Apparent US biases were evident as well.
Aug 02, 2007 Naeem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Anne Weaver followed her husband to Cairo. For something to do, she enrolled at the American University of Cairo, where she ended up becoming friends with all kinds of women who later became wives to the elite of Egypt. This allowed her access to all kinds of situations.

She was able to interview all kinds of people whom we now call "Jihadists" -- long before 9/11.

Her two books reveal a kind of objective semi-empathy for her subject matter. She tries to write as if seeing the world from th
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