Pakistan : eye of the storm /
Owen Bennett Jones.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2002.
xix, 328 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [291]-316) and index.
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Owen Bennett Jones was educated at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-05-01:
Jones has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio and World Television, and he has written for a number of leading British news media. As a BBC correspondent in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001, he witnessed firsthand many of the events he writes about, most importantly, the military coup in 1999 that brought Pervez Musharraf to power. An account of Musharraf's coup and the Pakistani reaction to the events of September 11, 2001, are the heart of the book, although the nine chapters also include "Kashmir," "Nationalism," "Bangladesh," "The Bomb," Democracy," and "The Army." Covering ground that others have covered, Jones offers background information on the role of the army and its dominant place in Pakistan. However, worth noting is the chapter on the army," which describes the military's financial reach and the place of Islam for both officers and the ranks. The book contains judiciously selected cartoons, superbly reproduced photographs of Pakistani leaders, and evocative images of soldiers and street demonstrations. Jones insufficiently covers the crushing burden of population growth, but his book is highly worthwhile for its sound analysis of the Pakistan Army. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/collections. R. D. Long Eastern Michigan University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-08-26:
Yale, which presciently gave us Taliban, by Ahmed Rashid, now brings out a study of another crucial country in Central and South Asia. Former BBC correspondent Jones looks at the battle with India over Kashmir ("the single most significant reason for Pakistan's chronic instability") and argues that most Pakistanis want to live in a free and tolerant state, not a theocracy. He considers the future of General Pervez Musharraf's attempt to undo the "Islamization" initiated by his predecessor, General Mohammed Zia ul Haq. Illus. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-09-01:
Pakistan emerges here as a nation divided religiously, ethnically, politically, and geopolitically. This thematic study of its 55-year history moves from the roots struck by founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League at the time of independence in 1947 to its current leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Along the way, Jones treats the bomb and India, the Kashmir dispute, the nation's ethnic and political divisions, its three wars with India, and its changing role from Taliban supporter to antagonist. Jones lived in Pakistan from 1998 to 2001 as a BBC correspondent and draws from his experiences to craft a well-written, insightful, and critical journalistic history. He concludes that even barring Musharraf's assassination, little realistic hope can be awarded Pakistan's future, given the depth of the society's social, religious, and political divisions. Highly recommended.-John F. Riddick. Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mount Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This fascinating look at Pakistan and its turbulent history is examined from its genesis as a nation in 1947 to the present. Bennett Jones describes the many fault lines in Pakistani society, and argues the country's central institutions are so weak that the military regime may prove incapable of rescuing the "failed state" of Pakistan. Illustrations.
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Pakistan, a nation for only 55 years, has had a turbulent history. Ruled by the military for half its existence, it has seen three wars with India and the loss of much of its territory. Jones describes the fault lines in Pakistani society.
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Pakistan, a nation for only fifty-five years, has had a turbulent history. Ruled by the military for half its existence, it has seen three wars with India and the loss of much of its territory. The combination of political instability, deep-seated economic and social problems, and access to nuclear weapons has made it one of the most strategically sensitive countries in the world. The war in neighbouring Afghanistan has placed it at the very centre of global attention and projected its military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, onto the world stage.

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