Clearly the result of a very long period of research and accumulated knowledge. Extremely well written for a difficult topic with a huge amount of information about a country with a population of 180 million and growing. The authors many visits to Pakistan over an extended period of time give his views great credibility. The contrast between the West and Pakistan is nowhere better illustrated by the fact that this book was researched, written and produced int the West. The book gives an understanding of the country that can only be bettered by packing a suitcase, plodding dusty streets and spending many nights on infested mattresses. Even then you would not get such a broad picture of a strategically important land quivering on the edge of instablility. It took a while to read but the benefit is a much deeper understanding of the geopolitics of the whole region and it's relevance to our daily lives.
My only niggles were the occassional, unnecessary, comparisons with India - and the very big ommission of any maps.
The author repeatedly points out that Pakistan is not basket case but the facts are not supportive.