This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Bennett Jones’ market-leading account of this critical modern state includes fresh material on the Taliban insurgency, the Musharraf years, the return and subsequent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and the unlikely election as president of Asif Ali Zardari.
Praise for the first edition
The world has a stake in what happens in Pakistan. How great a stake, this book makes compellingly clear.” Robert M. Hathaway, Wilson Quarterly
[A] lucid and sobering examination. . . . Owen Bennett Jones has delivered a well-crafted, clear, balanced and often quite lively account that should be immensely useful.” Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post Book World
Owen Bennett Jones was BBC correspondent in Pakistan and is now correspondent in Asia for the BBC World Service. He has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Independent, the London Review of Books, and Prospect magazine.
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Owen Bennett Jones was a BBC correspondent in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001 and witnessed firsthand many of the events that brought General Musharraf to power. He has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, and Independent newspapers, the London Review of Books and Prospect magazine.
. . . . Jones masterfully explores the historical, institutional, ideological and class forces that have created the fine mess that is today's Pakistan. (Emran Qureshi Globe and Mail (Toronto))
"Comprehensive. . . . The product of impressive expertise."—Robert D. Kaplan, New York Times Book Review
(Robert D. Kaplan New York Times Book Review)
"[A] lucid and sobering examination. . . . Owen Bennett Jones has delivered a well-crafted, clear, balanced and often quite lively account that should be immensely useful to Americans who want to understand this difficult ally."—Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post Book World
(Thomas W. Lippman Washington Post Book World)
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