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Pakistan: A Personal History

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Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country's history. Undermined by a ruling elite hungry for money and power, Pakistan now stands alone as the only Islamic country with a nuclear bomb, yet it is unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America. Now with the revelation ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Bantam Press
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NewGR This book is an easy read. It reads like a gossip column; a lot of views but no facts or proofs.

Many facts are incorrect also. For example, he specul…more
This book is an easy read. It reads like a gossip column; a lot of views but no facts or proofs.

Many facts are incorrect also. For example, he speculates that Jawaharlal Nehru's alleged affair with the wife of India's last viceroy of India (Edwina) allowed him to outmanoeuvre India's Muslims. He didn't bother to check the fact that Lord Mountbatten was sent to India in March 1947, 5 months before the partition.

He calls Osama Bin Laden to be a Saudi billionaire, (he was a millionaire).


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Aqsa (On Hiatus)
Mar 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Aahhhhh! Why didn't I see this before?!?!? ...more
Meezan Ali Mir
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
After listening to Imran Khan talking about the same stuff over and over again in the Pakistani political TV talk shows and in his political rallies I suspected his book was going to be a drag. I must admit I was a little surprised to find this book somewhat inspirational. This is more like the biography of Pakistan than Imran Khan himself, narrating the events in Pakistan's history through his own perspective. Being a cricket lover I bow down to Imran's stature as a cricketing legend (and I dou ...more
an interesting look at Pakistan.
There is no question that Imran Khan is a brave man; willing to say he'd knock the American drones that are killing (98% of strikes) innocent civilians including hundreds of children, out of the sky if he /his party (the PTI or Justice Party) were elected.
This would indeed be a radical change from the chicken sh*t leaders they have now who pretend to oppose the drone attacks on Pakistan's sovereign territory, all the while approving them after being notified wher
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Being an Indian, my emotions for our neighbour were always mixed and confused. But this book has been an eye opener. Never before have I been interested and absorbed in learning and understanding the politics, history and the future of a country that may have been pushed into the lime light suddenly for no good reason and no fault of its own. Khan indeed provides a real different view on the 'war on terror'. His views on faith and beleif in Islam is enlightening and his journey inspiring.

A defi
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly incredible and interesting insight into one of the most recognised politicians in Pakistan of all time. His struggle and strive for success and justice shapes this book into a masterpiece. The way it has been written is phenomenal and thought-provoking.
Jane Thomson
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book, I reckon this book must be read by every one in order to understand the difference between the poor state of large muslim population and the great religion islam as the two are often inerpreted the same.Further the writer ( great cricket legend) gives a beautiful but motivational description about self esteem and the importance of leadership quality in one's life. ...more
Salman Tariq
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 ✨ stars for the book.
I am biased because of his struggle for Pakistan.So definitely a fiver....

Khan is an interesting persona of cricketing world. He achieved what he dreamed of but Allah(God) humbled him with failures out of blue and crushed his ego.

Almost uninterested in politics, he fell into it due to strong defiance of Government against shokat khanam hospital ( hospital bombed once by Govt).
Changing moment of his life was death of his mother, when he decided to make shaukat khanam cance
Rural Soul
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My natural instincts never doubted the integrity and honesty of this man but this book gave me better and broad view of his beliefs and acts.
Thus I respect him more than ever, courtesy "Pakistan; a personal history."

I must say that every patriotic young man should read this book if he has any frustrated state of mind regarding Pakistan.
He tried to cover every subject whether it's clash of middle poor class and high westernized rich class, his internal fight vs agnosticism or atheism, his passio
Tariq Mahmood
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Actually the book is 4.5 but I to give it the full marks due the other leaders in the political arena. Imran is a wave of fresh air in the hot dismal political weather of Pakistan.
- Just hours before the surrender of Pakistan army in East Pakistan, General Niazi (Waziri descent) had given a defiant interview to the BBC in which he had declared that the army would fight to the last man.
- Yet Bhutto's great intellect and charisma could not translate into success for Pakistan.
- A spiritual person
Kunal Chhabaria
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transparent to its core

Its an amazing read for people to get an overview of what Pakistan was and is. You get to know a side of Imran and the reasons he chose to come into politics. He's not saying that's he's perfect but he sure is honest.

If you've followed Imran Khan's press conferences some things might be repetitive but he's come out in the open like no one else has. I surely recommend it. This man has gone through a lot of struggle to get to where he is and its not for any personal gains.
This was so well written and you can tell why so many people admire Imran Khan. It was a lot more about the corruption than himself though
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rarely cry during reading and this is the one of those books when i read it, cried with sobs.
An eye opening book for the people of Pakistan. I'm not saying go and support him politically but this account is a must read. Imran Khan is fresh air for Pakistan in the warm Political alliances, i can hope he'll proved to be best in his governance and reign. He is the last ray of hope in the dynastic political system of Pakistan. Which will be continued after his 5 years government if he remained fa
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Khan writes passionately and scholarly on both Islam and Pakistan. His journey to come to his relationship with his religion was a great piece of writing and showed a man willing to live by his values. His opinions on the actions and motivations of his Government, the frontier tribes, Taliban, and the USA were thoughtful and showed a considered view. Khan must have great spirit to keep on trying to reform a corrupt, feudal system full of cronyism and s ...more
Saym Basheer
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring spiritual journey of the next great leader of the Pakistan(InshAllah). One has to read this book to truly appreciate, understand and believe in the great cause Imran Khan has dedicated his life to. How many leaders of Pakistan can say that they are in politics NOT for money, power, riches and fame?
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here is a man who struck first blows to the idols of fear that lie all around Pakistan. From his approach, it is very clear that Imran is only second to Jinnah. If he succeeds, which he should, Pakistan would soon be on the footsteps of South Korea, Singapore and China.

Wish him all the best.
He must not forget one promise i.e. to provide Justice before everything else.
Ayesha Amin
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پرآمیدی مومن کی نشانی ھے. اللہ خاص کاموں کے لیے چناؤ بھی اپنے خاص بندوں کا ھی کرتا ہے.
each and every single word of This book reflects Truth and nothing else. MAY ALLAH make it easy for u Khan Sahab.
Loved the detailed history about our tribal areas and pakhtoons nature. That is a way of true Leader. ALLAH BLESS YOU!
Avinash saurav
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
A hero in his own right. I don't agree with everything he says, too much association with Taliban and Islam, but truthful to a good extent. May he become Pakistan's Prime Minister one day. ...more
Murad Baseer
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A man in Pakistan who will make a Destiny.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book IK was just an ordinary person for me but after reading Pakistan a personal hitory he became my real life hero.
Rita Chapman
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a student of Pakistan or Islam this book is a must-read. As a curious reader,I would have given it three stars but I have to concede the historical importance of this work. I found the detailed history of Pakistan hard going but the insights into Islam enlightening. Imran Khan explains the real meaning of Islam and the teachings of the prophets Jinnah and Iqubal. True Islam is tolerant and understanding of other religions and believes every man has a right to express his opinion and that eve ...more
Ahmed Farooq
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Khan talks about his early life and from there on his continued experiences that have shaped up his thoughts and beliefs. Captures Pakistan's history since 1980s onwards and role played by many in shaping the country the way it is today. Talks about the political system of the country and actually presents remedies. In the face of growing antagonism towards Islam in the West, Khan's arguments in it's defense are very logical and thought provoking. He has also presented his views on a person's sp ...more
Sayam Asjad
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pakistan
I would suggest everybody to at least read the last chapter of this book. It construes very truly the thoughts of the great Iqbal and weighs the best that how Islam is supposed to play its role in a society. Overall its really an inspirational book for every Pakistani.
Lubinka Dimitrova
For a Westerner, this book shed a lot of light on the country's political landscape, the power balances, the people's mentality, Pakistan's culture and nature, and so much more. Admittedly, the initial pages were a bit of a drag for me, as he was talking soooo much about himself (yes, I know that a memoir is kind of supposed to be like that, but it was way too self-centered). Very soon though he moved on to describing his childhood, the scenic surroundings of his birthplace, his (extended) famil ...more
This book, Pakistan: A Personal History by Imran Khan, is a mixture of Pakistan's history and Khan’s own autobiography and it is less his personal history and more his political manifesto with a repetitive theme of Khan’s achievements, spiritual journey, the glorification of Eastern values and the corruption of the country’s ruling elite – surprisingly excluding country’s establishment, who is at the helm of power, directly and indirectly, since the inception of the country.

Imran Khan’s politica
Yash Sharma
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imran khan : The cricketer-turned-politician of Pakistan

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

- Muhammad Iqbal ( Spritual Father of Pakistan)

Pakistan, A personal history is the autobiography of Imran khan. And it is one of the best autobiographies i've ever read. Throughout the book Mr. Khan didn't shied away from calling 'a spade a spade'. He thoroughly diagnosed the problems
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the onset it is obvious, this book is Imran Khan's political biography with his anecdotes, experiences, hopes, aspirations and ideas for his country. Khan covers his own life with clear denied stories, but it glosses over his playboy days and martial issues. But his journey is a political and religious journey and the book highlights his concerns. It is obvious Khan wants to lay down his vision of what he thinks Pakistan should be, to achieve it is another debate. I would recommend Imran Kh ...more
Michael Houston
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting and informative book with clear and lucid descriptions of the problems Pakistan faces in the modern era, both those related to the US 'War on Terror' and those caused by the arrogance and corruption that has been a feature of the country's rulers since independence in 1947. I do have difficulty accepting some of the mystical claims he makes, such as his friend Mian Bashir's alleged ability to predict future events (when Allah allows him) and other similar tales of Islamic-flavoure ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pakistan, biography
In this book, Imran talks of his evolution in life from humble beginnings in Pakistan to prestigious institutes in England as well as his time as a cricketer, then philanthropist to present-day Politician. The book remains repetitive in terms of certain themes, including the writer’s own spiritual experiences, glorification of tribal values and customs, Islam’s democratic principles which he fails to define, and the corruption of the country’s ruling elite. He argues that extremism and terrorism ...more
Erez Schatz
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bio, sports, political
First off the bat (no pun intended, though maybe just a little), despite the author being one of the greatest cricket legend in Pakistan and the world, (leading Pakistan's cricket team to great achievements, culminating in the 1992 Cricket world cup win, in which he played at the age of 39 while back from retirement and with a shoulder injury) this is NOT a book about Cricket. Imran Khan does refer to his Cricket career and what it meant to him and to Pakistan, but, as the book says in the title ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a vivid fan of his as a man and his values as a politician, I knew very well going into this what I was about to get. What it unravels is less about him but more about his vision for Pakistan and why it should move towards a Pakistan that Iqbal had dreamt of. He clearly is a massive fan of not only Iqbal's vision but also how a life should be lived. If you're a fan of either, take this book up and go on a journey of young boy's rise from a flamboyant cricketer to the top seat in the countr ...more
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Imran Khan (full name: Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi) is a Pakistani Political Leader, Sports Celebrity & Philanthropist. He is the founder of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) & Namal Knowledge City. Khan was one of Pakistan's most successful Cricket Captain. Leading his team to Victory at the 1992 World Cup. He holds the world record for taking most wickets, best bowling strike rate & bes ...more

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