Crossed swords: Pakistan, its army, and the wars within

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Oxford University Press, May 21, 2008 - History - 655 pages
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Based on 30 years of research and analysis, this definitive book is a profound, multi-layered, and historical analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistan army in the country's polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States. Shuja Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in both peace and war. Using many hitherto unpublished materials from the archives of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army, as well as interviews with key military and political figures in Pakistan and the United States, he sheds light not only on the Pakistan Army and its US connections but also on Pakistan as a key Muslim country in one of the world's toughest neighborhoods. In doing so, he lays bare key facts about Pakistan's numerous wars with India and its many rounds of political musical chairs, as well as the Kargil conflict of 1999. He then draws lessons from this history that may help Pakistan end its wars within and create a stabler political entity.
"Crossed Swords is extremely authoritative and based on extensive research; it balances the in-depth knowledge of the insider with the critical eye of the scholar; and is both accessible enough for students while invaluable for specialists. In short, it is much needed and fills a longstanding gap on the existing literature on Pakistan."--Yasmin Khan, author of The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
"Shuja Nawaz has used his considerable expertise to delve deep into the Pakistan Army. The result is an insightful study of an institution that has been, and remains, the center of gravity in Pakistan. This superbly researched book comes at a critical time in Pakistan's history. A must read to understand the past and the ongoing events."--General Jehangir Karamat, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan, 1996-98
"This exceptionally authoritative book, rich in insider history, could not have come at a better time as a key to understanding the underlying power structures of Pakistan as it struggles to find its place in the world."--Barbara Crossette, former South Asia Bureau Chief, The New York Times
"Shuja Nawaz' study is as definitive as we are likely to get: no other book has penetrated so deeply into the army, and so carefully examined this powerful institution in the context of Pakistan's history and politics."--Stephen P. Cohen, The Brookings Institution and author of The Pakistan Army and The Idea of Pakistan
"An exhaustive account of the most powerful pillar of the Pakistani state structure, this is more than just a study of a single institution. It is an insider's considered view of sixty years of Pakistani history. Using information culled from an array of hitherto unused sources, including some rare interviews and the Pakistan army's own archives, the author blends astute analysis and gripping historical narrative with consummate skill. Containing a welter of insights into the military mindset, its partnership with the civil bureaucracy and attitude towards the political fraternity, this is a book no serious student of Pakistan can afford to miss."--Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Tufts University
"To understand Pakistan you need to understand the army and to understand the army you need to read this book."--Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC and author of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm
"At a time of crisis and peril for Pakistan, this ground breaking book offers unprecedented information about and provides unique insights into the country's most important and powerful institution. Nawaz opens new ground on the army that has ruled Pakistan for half its political life. The army wields immense power in troubled Pakistan. Nawaz explains why and how in the most well researched and lucidly written book of its kind."--Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban and Jihad: the Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia
"Running at more than 600 pages, this densely researched study of Pakistan's army--the country's premi

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That is a splendid book with a greate expression but sometimes difficult to read between the line as alot of jargons are involved. Political science students will find it helpfull must read it.......

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An excellent book. A must read for the youth, especially if they want to have a good grip on Pakistan's history up till Gen Musharraf's Era. The only criticism I have is on the very last chapter of ... Read full review


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Shuja Nawaz is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he won the Henry Taylor Award. He was a television newscaster and producer with Pakistan Television from 1967 to 1972 and covered the 1971 war with India on the Western front. He has worked for The New York Times, the World Health Organization, as a Division Chief for the International Monetary Fund, and a Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has widely written and spoken on military and politico-economic issues on radio, television, and at Think Tanks. He was Editor of Finance & Development, the multilingual quarterly of the IMF and the World Bank.

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