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This review is from: Pakistan: A Hard Country (Hardcover)I agree with an earlier reviewer that this book could have done with at least one map. Also, at times, the author's style is a little idiosyncratic and it could probably have shed at least 50 pages in editing.
That saying, it is a really fascinating book. As someone who is interested in international affairs and conscious of the links that Britain had and has with Pakistan, I am humbled by how little I really knew about Pakistan - arguably one of the most important crucibles of impact in the contemporary world.
Lieven paints an extraordinary picture of what, by any standards, is an enormously complex society - or perhaps series of barely connected societies. No wonder the book itself is complicated.
I think this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who wishes to opine on international affairs, Islam, terrorism, South Asia, democracy - or lack of - in the developing world, even Britain. You will find every view that you expressed before brought into question.