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Pakistan: Eye of the Storm [Paperback]

Owen Bennett Jones
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11 Sep 2009
This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Bennett Jones's market-leading account of this crucial modern state includes fresh material on the Taliban insurgency, the Musharraf years, the return and subsequent assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the unlikely election as president of Asif Ali Zardari.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 3 edition (11 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300154755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300154757
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I found it difficult to put down... Bennett Jones has that rare objectivity and realism that are the fruits of many years' reporting and presenting on Pakistan... For the general reader who expects Pakistan to give the world some hair-raising moments over the next few years, the cost of this book is justified by its introductory and concluding chapters alone.' Hazhir Teimourian, Literary Review. 'Bennett Jones's intelligent book is an excellent source of information.' Anatol Lieven, London Review of Books. 'For anyone interested in the history of Pakistan and in putting into context events in the region today, this book is very helpful.' Miriam Donohoe, Irish Times. 'The world has a stake in what happens in Pakistan. How great a stake, this book makes compellingly clear.' Robert M. Hathaway, Wilson Quarterly. 'A lucid and sobering examination... Owen Bennett Jones has delivered a well-crafted, clear, balanced and often quite lively account that should be immensely useful.' Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post Book World. --Literary Review, London Review of Books, Irish Times, Wilson Quarterly, Washington Post Book World

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Owen Bennett Jones was BBC correspondent in Pakistan and is now correspondent in Asia for the BBC World Service. He has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, and Independent newspapers, the London Review of Books and Prospect magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forewarned is Forearmed 13 Mar 2013
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I work in Pakistan at the moment - a country which imho and experience is going down -hill very quickly and threatens to take others with it. This book lucidly tells why - and it is a book I wish I had read before arriving. I'd have never boarded the flight! A powerful, frightening and sober work which is - along with the work of Ahmed Rashid - essential reading for those curious about Pakistan, Central Asia and curious as to why the 'War on Terror' is still ongoing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very balanced analysis 22 July 2013
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This is a remarkable book on Pakistan, context setting with amazing insights. I especially enjoyed the references to individual stories of feudals, generals and politicians to strength the author's deductions. Unfortunately the future looks bleaker for the moment with the rise in terrorism and anarchy. I found the last chapter on Musharraf and his non-existent policy on education something the author to have needlessly injected as education is the main reason for the sad state of affairs in Pakistan. This book should be on the reading list of anyone interested in Pakistan.
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Overall its a good book for someone who isnt aware of the history and politics in Pakistan. Being a Pakistani I expected more on the behind the scenes events
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5.0 out of 5 stars A farther part of Pakistan 21 Mar 2010
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Owen Bennett Jones's book is simply the best modern history of Pakistan. It's not just that he's well informed, and writes exceptionally well. His affection for the place is always evident, but never warps his sometimes acid judgements about how this country got into the mess in which it is now mired. Very few journalists write contemporary history and political analysis this well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great & Detailed Book! 27 Jan 2012
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Excellent book that helps explain the current situation in Pakistan and the history surrounding it. Anyone who is curious as to why Pakistan is the way it is today should pick up this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar 6 Nov 2010
By Paul E. Hujer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book did much to eliminate my lack of knowledge regarding Pakistan and allowed me to feel confident in speaking about issues concerning Pakistan to others. Extremely well written, the chapters did a great job in building upon a common core and lent reinforcement to each other.
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