Pakistan by Mary Anne Weaver
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 student militia, the Taliban; and with some fifteen private Islamist armies and at least twenty nuclear weapons, it is considered to be one of the most terrifying places in the world. Its disintegration would pose an unthinkable threat to the United States and the West, and the man who will determine Pakistan's future course is the little-known, enigmatic General Pervez Musharraf.

Mary Anne Weaver presents her personal journey through a country in turmoil, reconstructing, largely in the voices of the key participants themselves--Generals Musharraf and Zia, and Benazir Bhutto--the legacies now haunting Pakistan in the aftermath of the U.S.-sponsored jihad of the 1980s in Afghanistan. Fusing geopolitical choices with a vivid portrait of a land--of its people, its mystery, and its clans--Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan, provides an essential background for those seeking to understand the problems the international community now faces, and poses some deeply disturbing questions about the future of conflict in South Asia.

 

About Mary Anne Weaver

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Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for "The New Yorker," and is the author of "A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam "(FSG, 1999). An Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Santa Monica
 
Published February 22, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 317 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Traveling to places like Karachi, where tensions between Sindhi and Pashtun ethnic factions threaten to erupt in civil war at a moment’s notice, and Peshawar, where “well-appointed villas—including a number owned by Osama bin Laden—nestle concealed behind towering, whitewashed walls,” Weaver talk...

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"The accumulation of disorder in Pakistan is such that it could well be the next Yugoslavia," writes New Yorker correspondent Weaver (Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam).

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Though Weaver does not come right out and say so in PAKISTAN, one conclusion is obvious from the material she presents: if it comes to a battle between the forces of Islam and the forces of "the West", the Muslims already have all the oil, therefore most of the money, and Pakistan has had nuclear...

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