P akistan, Anatol Lieven writes in his new book, is "divided, disorganised, economically backward, corrupt, violent, unjust, often savagely oppressive towards the poor and women, and home to extremely dangerous forms of extremism and terrorism". Lieven only touches on other topics where they are connected to politics. A Hard Country 4. On the other hand, it's a highly commendable work. Tombstone of Russian Power?
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This is one of the most refreshing books I have read on Pakistan affairs. The part of this book that I read was quite interesting and gave some insight into Pakistani social and political structure.
It is remarkably, serendipitously, extraordinarily written. Dr Anatoly Leiven Fomenko.
Pakistan: A Hard Country (Anatol Lieven) - book review
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And as he says, "Pakistan is in fact a great deal more like India — or India like Pakistan — than either country would wish to admit". When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it.
Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven
A Hard Country is both utterly compelling and deeply revealing. They may be powerful in the ungoverned FATA and NWFP provinces, but aside from terrorist attacks they have not made significant inroads in the main provinces of Punjab and Sindh — actually the army has taken significant containment steps.
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View all 6 comments. Z to Read saving…. A Hard Country has the power to dampen the paranoia about Pakistan's security complex, put terrorism in perspective, and humanize Pakistanis. Pakistan - Culture Smart!: Yet their role and status in South Asian Muslim society has certain limited affinities to that of the Brahmins in South Asian Hindu society.
Western governments have coerced and bribed the Pakistani military into extensive wars against their own citizens; tens of thousands of Pakistanis have now died the greatest toll yet of the "war on terror"and innumerable numbers have been displaced, in the backlash to the doomed western effort to exterminate a proper noun. We are presented with a turbulent multi-layered portrayal of a country surrounded by enemies like Indiaunfriendly countries like Iran or failed states like Afghanistan.
I did learn a lot about Pakistan's recent history and political landscape from this book, but the author is clearly filled with a certain sense of nostalgia for the days of the Raj, which leads him to support the army, which is in some sense the successor to Raj's self-serving but 'impartial' rule.
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A Hard Country begins with a brief historical account, covering the creation of Pakistan but focusing on the contrasting personalities and approaches of four leaders, Ayub Khan, Zulfilkar Ali Bhutto, Zia-ul-Haq, and Pervez Musharraf.
Dec 01, Mikey B. The story of America's greatest generation through the eyes of the men and women who would be forever haunted by their experiences If you just read this book, without reading any of the other histories out there, you would walk away thinking that Pakistan pretty much ran the jihad against Russia and America and Saudi Arabia were coutry sparring buddies helping out Pakistan.
In the absence of a functioning modern system, Islamists are seen to at least have enough integrity and motivation to provide swift if sometimes ruthless redress to injustices that can take years and life savings to have righted in the court. It's basically all one needs to know about about Pakistan.
On the contrary, Pakistan is remarkably stable and it is completely daft to compare it to failed states such as Somalia, Congo or Yemen.
A Hard Country' in one line I would say it is brilliant. In regard to Pakistan, Lieven argues, those policies should be reconsidered, given the long-term risks of increasing Pakistani instability.
Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven | The Sunday Times
Pakistan, writes Lieven, is a 'highly conservative, archaic, even sometimes quite inert and somnolent mass of different societies, with two modernizing impulses countdy to wake it up' - the Westernised liberals and the Islamists. An introduction sketches the reasons an Islamist takeover of the country is most unlikely, a theme which is also touched on elsewhere. Haed was discussed with facts and opinions in detail. Additionally, traditional tribal notions of kinship and family honour override respect for the official system.
Pakistan's most modern city Karachi co-existing with a rural pseudo-aristocracy.