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Pakistan: A Hard Country Paperback – 23 Feb 2012
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Superb ... Few writers offer the insight and deep knowledge that Lieven has of a country critical for the West but one often caricatured by the media and rarely understood by Western policy makers ... Timely and compelling (Maleeha Lodhi)
This is a wonderful book, full of learning, wisdom, humour and common sense (Peter Oborne Daily Telegraph)
One cannot give Lieven enough credit ... The book seamlessly flows with historical analysis, anthropological investigation, and painstaking contextualisation ... It is both grand in its scholastic description and in its journalistic flair (Ahmad Ali Khalid Dawn)
A finely researched blend of the nation's 64-year history ... Lieven's feat lies in his remarkable, flesh-and-blood portrait of the nation ... this nuanced analysis should be read, and learned from (The Independent)
By far the most insightful survey of Pakistan I have read in recent years ... a vital book ... detailed and nuanced (Mohsin Hamid New York Review of Books)
Lieven captures the richness of the place wonderfully. His book has the virtues of both journalism and scholarship (The Economist)
An important corrective to the monolithic view of Pakistan ... fresh and deeply informed (Patrick French Mail on Sunday)
A brilliantly articulated and researched argument ... Lieven is a wonderful writer. There are frequent moments of dark humour ... and descriptions that a novelist might envy (Kamila Shamsie The Times)
Everybody nowadays seems to take a view on Pakistan. Very few know what they're talking about. Anatol Lieven is that rare observer ... Pakistan: A Hard Country ... fills a large gap in our understanding (Edward Luce, author of 'In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India')
The publication of Pakistan: A Hard Country could not be more timely ... illuminating as well as entertaining (The Spectator)
About the Author
About the Author: The author of Pakistan: A Hard Country is Anatol Lieven, who is a Professor of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at the famed King's College, London. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. He used to work as a journalist, reporting from South Asia, as well as the former Soviet Union and the eastern part of Europe. He has worked for The Times (London) and several other publications.
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taliban; jihad in central asia; descent into chaos&pakistan on the brink - the latter two focused on pakistan. this book and rashid's
books deserve 5 stars - but i leave the fifth star to experts, as my opinion is strictly that of an interested amateur. alas, the recent
attacks in and around peshawar - reportedly by taliban - on major secondary school and university tragically illustrate what challenges
both pakistan and afghanistan must cope with in continuing to build viable constitutional democratic polities to which both
countries are (heroically) committed and determined to achieve.
tribal patronage, familism, corruption.