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A decent read, though with flawed facts.
on 28 November 2012
I read this book recently, and have to say i quite enjoyed it. He does present a fairly direct honest view of Pakistan, and all of its troubles. However, i did find it somewhat self promoting of a propaganda nature, as if you know he is running for government, you get the feel that he is trying most determinedly to win support from the asian community, who are the most likely to read this book, so it is a kind of rallying call of sorts. Yet, he is correct in some aspects, foreign aid does need to be abolished, to stop corruption, and i most certainly agree on the issue of drone attacks, this must stop, as this is clearly only further radicalising the populace, particularly in the north. One must understand though, Imran Khan is from the Niazi tribe, a Pashtun tribe that originated from Afghanistan, the salghar area to be precise, so their history is vastly different say from the Sindhis and the Mohajirs. Also, there is a glaring error in this book, which needs to be removed, Mr Khan stated that the 2 greatest mass murderers in the 20th century were christian, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, this is simply not true, and has been proved irrevocably, both were atheist, and held strongly atheistic views and through propaganda, tried to purport these views. For instance, Stalin started in the 1930`s the Society for the Godless, which nearly succeeded in wiping out the Russian orthodox Church, also Hitler took onboard the ideology of Friedrich Nietsche, the German Philosopher of the late 19th century who promoted the idea in his book, Thus Sprach Zarathustra, the theory that God is dead, long live the superman, where do you think the idea of the Master race came from, this is not christian, but atheist, so for Mr Khan to write this is wrong and it should be stricken from the book, these things misguide people and give people the wrong impression, whilst i admit he does not tar all christians with the same brush, this comment is unfair, ill judged and historically inaccurate, one must know ones facts, before making such a statement. Its a shame, because otherwise, this is a good book, with some good bits of humour, i paricularly like the bit with Nawaz Sharif, trying to face the West Indian pace attack with only a bat a solitary pair of pads, i would like to have seen that, he just faced 2 balls. Anyway, those seeking a personal, summary view of pakistan, could do worse, but be warned, make sure the facts are correct, test them whislt reading any book of this nature, they are often bias and lacking in substance, there is some anti west sentiment here, not all unjustified i might add, but still, read with an open mind. Overall an ok book to start with, if you are interested in Pakistan.