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Imran Khan
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21 Jun 2012

Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country's history. Undermined by a ruling elite, and unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America, Pakistan has for years suffered from instability. Now Imran Khan and his own political party, the Tehreek-e-Insaf, offer a real political alternative for the people of Pakistan at a time when tension between Pakistan's government and the powerful military has reached dangerous new levels. How did this flashpoint of volatility and injustice come about?

Pakistan: A Personal History provides a unique insider's view of a country unfamiliar to a western audience. Woven into this history we see how Imran Khan's personal life - his happy childhood in Lahore, his Oxford education, his extraordinary cricketing career, his marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, his mother's influence and that of his Islamic faith - inform both the historical narrativeandhis current philanthropic and political activities. It is at once absorbing and insightful, casting fresh light upon a country whose culture he believes is largely misunderstood by the West.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500649
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must-read for anyone interested in the intrigue of politics in the most dangerous country on earth" (The Sunday Times)

"An intelligently written mix of Pakistan's history and his own autobiography" (Independent)

"A compelling story, plainly told. It reveals a great deal about Pakistani life and politics, as well as about the great cricketer's strengths and failings" (Spectator)

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The fascinating story of Pakistan, seen through the eyes of its most famous son, Imran Khan.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling....Fascinating..SpellBinding 2 Feb 2012
By Ahmed
Went through the book cover to cover in five sittings despite having young boys.When i first started reading it, i thought it will just be about his life and views. It is thousand years of history relevant to Imran's life and views packed in a few pages and talks of the future as well.

At the end of the book i felt enlightened and hopeful of the new Dawn that is beckoning Imran and Pakistan.

I personally feel Pakistan's existensial crisis has Imran as the only answer. Like in cricket he will inspire
many a generation to come in politics. A legend in his own right and my Hero.

Masood (Manchester, UK)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot put the book down 18 Aug 2012
By M. Amir
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I started reading this book on my plane journey to the USA. I am not an avid reader and I soon put a book down after only a few pages but I was glued to this one. I have never seen Pakistan but my ancestors are from Pakistan. Perhaps this affinity also increased my desire to know what has been happening to my parents country. Imran supplied a lot of answers in a concise, interesting and logical manner. Imran seems to be someone dedicated to social purpose altruistically and Pakistanis all over the world are pinning for a leader like Imran. May he be victorious and improve the well being of all Pakistanis with as he says islamic principals of welfare and equality. He is also a leader who can win the west over for the betterment of his nation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 6 Dec 2011
By Mehvish
what a superb book, couldn't put it down. would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the history of pakistan, why it is the way it is today, and why imran khan is the only solution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Igniting the hope of a united Pakistan 23 Nov 2011
Imran Khan shows integrity and honesty in his telling. This book is truly dedicated to ignite the passion of Pakistani nation. Be it personal struggles or professional successes, Imran khan shows faith gives you the strength to go on. This book gives you an understanding of reason why Pakistanis stand so divided today and makes an excellent attempt to convince, there is hope for Pakistan. I don't know about others, but I am definitely convinced. :)

A great read. A modern depiction of culture, religion and diversity of Pakistan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 25 Nov 2011
Nice book well put together,I don't normally read but this book draws you in from the first few pages, the first few pages contain information about his experience in jail etc. This book also provides you with sufficient amount of Pakistan's history and as being a 16 year old reading this book I was very fascinated on how military rule has destroyed the country. This book is ideal for people who want to not just read about Pakistan's history but also its current political climate and Pakistan's current state. The best thing I liked about this book was that he mentioned a lot on the tribal areas of Pakistan, explaining there history and culture in great detail.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who want to read about Pakistan's history as well as Imran Khans struggle and success.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book. essential and exciting reading for anyone interested in Pakistan.Firstly, it tells the story of Imran's life, and his personal development influenced by religion. this part of the book has a style reminiscent of Gandhi's autobiography, and is simple and straightforward. it shows Imran as honest, sincere, courageous and idealistic, compassionate about the hard life of poor Pakistanis, and determined to make a total effort to bring Pakistan back from the brink. he discards practical politics and sees things as right versus wrong.
he inspires, and wins respect. secondly the book is a good and accurate account of recent Pakistani political history, and the issues and problems that urgently need to be addressed today. thirdly the book describes Islam's role in history, and the qualities of tolerance, justice, values and education that made Islam the leading civilization for a thousand years. Forthly, it is a political manifesto which sets out Imran's objectives and struggle.
the book will certainly convince many readers that Imran is Pakistan's only hope. after reading this book, people will stop asking 'Can he win?' and instead ask, 'Can Pakistan survive if he doesn't win?'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Although not a fan of cricket myself, I was very excited when I heard that Khan was writing this book as he is now a well known political figure in Pakistan. The history of Pakistan is superbly presented. Dates, figures, and facts are here in abundance and these factors contribute to making the book highly informative. Khan makes the big political and social issues easy to understand for all, and his passion and patriotism is attested to on every page.

There are 2 reasons why I have not given this book 5 stars. Firstly, Khan comes across as extremely vain at times. Anyone would think there was no other famous cricketer in the the world! He also portrays himself as something of a saviour to Pakistan, the only hope the country has for the future. Conceited? I think so.

Secondly, I felt that there were too many in drawn out explanations for his theological beliefs. Whilst this is a partial biography and his religious views are to be respected, I felt that he came across as slightly overbearing and 'preaching' at times.

These 2 points aside, a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book if you want to know the REAL Pakistan
An amazing read. Gives a real insight into the thinking of Pakistan and its people - a misunderstood people who just need to be heard. Read more
Published 11 days ago by KZ Siddiqui
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This was a gift for my father and he loves it quite an informative book and shows us Imran Khan is a man of great insight. This book is a good read an eye opener.
Published 1 month ago by Ak
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Honest Book! No Hypocrisy
A must read! a book by future PM of Pakistan and very important leader of South Asia! Wish Asia have more leaders like him
Published 5 months ago by Junaid Khan
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more
I enjoyed reading this book although it was a bit disjointed to start with. The country of Pakistan fascinates me, and Ms Bhutto offers an excellent insight into life and the huge... Read more
Published 6 months ago by minnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Inspiring Man!
In this book Imran eloquently 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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by faraz37
5.0 out of 5 stars living images from a distant sky that is absolutely relevant now on so...
This book cropped up as an amazon suggestion because i'd been reading biographies and autobiographies. Read more
Published 12 months ago by aiya
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I must say after reading this book i as a reader managed to know the current and historical position of pakistan through Imran Khan's eyes which also showed a sense of pride and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Destiny
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book to learn about the great Imran Khan
Highly recommended book to learn about the great Imran Khan. IK is the Hope and inspiration for millions of Pakistanis. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Aamir Yaseen
4.0 out of 5 stars A political journey
Imran Khan takes us through his own development from a relatively non-political, pro-western cricketeer to a deeply engaged politician who has also discovered the spiritual depths... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Inger Solveig Nissen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
I loved the book. It gives a lot of information on Pakistan and how Sectarianism exists and the different cultures within the country and the history behind the making of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pinky786
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