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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to Pakistan
As someone that gets most of their ideas on Pakistan from the media - I generally would have a negative understanding of Pakistan. this book explains how modern Pakistan works and what the issues are in the present day. It explains the politics and military structures to a T.

I would give it five stars but the author's writing style involves a lot of...
Published on 28 Mar. 2012 by S. Rafiq

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poses interesting question and a good overview, but the final word on Pakistan, it ain't.
I'd seen several positive reviews of this book in the Guardian last year and had made a mental note to get myself a copy once it came out in paperback. Firstly, it's worth noting that this paperback edition features two maps of Pakistan, the first shows it and the countries it borders, the second is a more detailed zoomed in map detailing the various provinces of Punjab,...
Published on 12 May 2012 by Mr. James A. Benton


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9 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile chore, 30 April 2011
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Ian "gobstopper" (DES MOINES, WASHINGTON, United States) - See all my reviews
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Mr Lieven's writing is clumsy, cliche-ridden and over-padded but a worthwhile chore of a read: highly informative and perfectly timed. It's just a shame it wasn't properly edited before being released.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too opinionated., 7 Feb. 2012
This is another opinionated rambling from Lieven. Anatolii Lieven has an extensive history of writing rubbish, and miraculously enough, having it published.

First of all, this book is more of a oral history of his time spent Pakistan. It is purely a journalistic account, not an academic one. The author is a self-proclaimed 'expert' on everything under the sun; from Russia to America, from the Baltics to Chechnya and then onwards to Pakistan, the shining Guru Anatolii Lieven seems to know it all.

This particular book is especially blemished by his patronizing and disdainful insolence. In one chapter, he even goes on to compare the Scottish to the Pashtuns (the latter being 'without alcohol'). This banal humour and frail attempts at thrashing peoples from the Scottish to the Pashtuns, from the Baltics to the Chechens, does Anatolii Lieven a great disservice; it is evident he has no respect for the 'subjects' he studies (humans and territories alike), hence his work merits no serious consideration.
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1.0 out of 5 stars As Usual, wrong impression, 22 Dec. 2011
This book is very long, but it misses the important point, its written to give its readers the wrong sense of a country. Its very negative and has been written to judge, which I think is wrong and its not giving the other side of the story which is a young country, trying hard to survive and a confused nation trying to learn to take its past and present to the future. I would not recommend it to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mumbles through the entire book, 2 Feb. 2012
Unfortunately, this book suffers from poor editing and poorer academic merit. Lieven, the ever-assuming 'expert' on Pakistan, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa, completely misinterprets Pakistani history and statehood, referring to some dubious 'interviews' he may or may not have had with someone just to support his own (mis)interpretations. This book is further marred by self-alluding greatness of Lieven's enlightened understanding of South Asian affairs. He literally mumbles through the entire book, as if one was having a conversation with a verbally-challenged yet condescending character.
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