Pakistan by Mr. Owen Bennett Jones
Eye of the Storm

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Pakistan, a nation for only 55 years, has had a turbulent history. Ruled by the military for half its existence, it has seen three wars with India and the loss of much of its territory. The combination of political instability, deep-seated economic and social problems, and access to nuclear weapons has made it one of the most strategically sensitive countries in the world. The war in neighbouring Afghanistan has placed it at the very centre of global attention and projected its military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, onto the world stage. Musharraf has become the first Pakistani leader in 30 years to dare to confront the country's Islamic extremists. But can he succeed in controlling the forces that helped create the Taliban in Afghanistan and fuelled the bitter conflict in Kashmir? Will his army and intelligence agencies be able to tame the radical elements that they created and sustained? In this history of Pakistan from 1947 to the present, Owen Bennett Jones describes the many fault lines in Pakistani society.
He assesses the role of the nationalists in the provinces, the feudal landlords in the countryside, and the bureaucratic elite in Islamabad, and analyzes the complex relationships between religion, regional politics, and the armed forces. While most Pakistanis have a moderate, tolerant vision of Islam, he argues, the country's central institutions are so weak that the military regime may prove incapable of rescuing the "failed state" of Pakistan. As a BBC correspondent in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001 Bennett Jones witnessed at first hand many of the events that brought General Musharraf to power. His book contains the first detailed accounts of the 1999 coup, the Kargil conflict, and how Pakistan came to test its nuclear bomb. It should be of interest to anyone who wants to understand a country that was crucial to the expulsion of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in the 1980s and which, after the 11th September 2001 attack, became a key coalition partner in America's "war against terrorism".
 

About Mr. Owen Bennett Jones

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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.
 
Published September 10, 2002 by Yale University Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Yale, which presciently gave us Taliban, by Ahmed Rashid, now brings out a study of another crucial country in Central and South Asia.

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BC Books

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and we must have more books like Pakistan on the Brink to shake the sand and our fingers out of our ears from time to time.

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BC Books

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Pakistan is a country ruled by its army that it gives an amazing (and amazingly unaccounted for) share of its budget that seems more concerned with an overriding hatred of neighboring India than dealing with the fantatical terrorist organization which calls Pakistan home, the Taliban.

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National Review Online

The definition of blasphemy under Pakistan’s laws is vague and can include offenses that are committed “by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly.” In Pakistan, blasphemy charges have been brought against Muslims as well — in one recent case, for tearing off a page of a ...

Jun 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm

India Today

Instead of producing a predictable chronological story, he picks up the most critical issues that have defined Pakistan's political history: Kashmir, nuclear weapons and enmity with India;

Jan 27 2003 | Read Full Review of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm

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