Pakistan: Deep Inside the World's Most Frightening State

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Macmillan, Sep 10, 2003 - History - 304 pages
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No nation is more critical to United States foreign policy than Pakistan. Wedged between India and Afghanistan, it is the second-largest country in the Islamic world, and is situated in one of the world's most volatile regions. It has also assumed a commanding role in militant Islam--a frightening portent being its embrace of Afghanistan's bizarre fundamentalist student militia, the Taliban. With a dozen or so private Islamist armies and some thirty to fifty nuclear weapons, it is considered one of the most frightening places on earth. Its disintegration would pose an unthinkable threat to the United States and the West, but the man who will determine Pakistan's future course is the little-known and enigmatic General Pervez Musharraf.

Mary Anne Weaver presents her personal journey through a country in turmoil, reconstructing, largely in the voices of the key participants themselves--Generals Musharraf and Zia, and Benazir Bhutto--the legacies now haunting Pakistan in the aftermath of the U.S.-sponsored jihad of the 1980s in Afghanistan. Fusing geopolitical choices with a vivid portrait of a land--of its people, its mystery, and its clans--Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan provides an essential background for those seeking to understand the problems the international community now faces, and poses some deeply disturbing questions about the future of conflict in South Asia.
  

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Review: Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan

User Review  - David Wen - Goodreads

A very detailed book presenting the past and current (2003) status of the country of Pakistan. Wasn't a fan of how the events or chapters were organized since it wasn't chronological and were at times very hard to follow. Apparent US biases were evident as well. Read full review

Review: Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan

User Review  - Goodreads

A very detailed book presenting the past and current (2003) status of the country of Pakistan. Wasn't a fan of how the events or chapters were organized since it wasn't chronological and were at times very hard to follow. Apparent US biases were evident as well. Read full review

Contents

MAP ix
3
GENERAL ON A TIGHTROPE 11
11
THIS WAS PAKISTAN 45
45
FiALOCHISTAN 86
86
HUNTING WITH THE SHEIKHS 130
130
DAUGHTER OF PAKISTAN 165
165
DEIA VU 214
214
KASHMIR 249
249
AFTERWORD 275
275
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 283
283
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Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, and is the author of A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam (FSG, 1999). An Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Santa Monica

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