Product Description Review "Kirkus" February 15 2011 "Lieven breaks down his study by specific region; considers the structures of justice religion the military and politics in turn; and finally in a skillful insightful synthesis addresses the history of and issues concerning the Taliban both Pakistani and Afghani. A well-reasoned welcome resource for Western "experts" and lay readers alike.""Edward Luce""Everybody nowadays seems to take a view on Pakistan. Very few know what they're talking about. Anatol Lieven is that rare observer - a scholar who writes like the best kind of foreign correspondent about a country that he takes and measures on its own terms. "Pakistan a Hard Country" offers an intimate and compellingly relevant portrait of an increasingly pivotal nation to the future of the world for better or for worse. It fills a large gap in our understanding." "Huffington Post" April 3 2011"Over the last decade Lieven has been one of the smartest and most fair-minded commentators on the global situation and in this important very timely book he explains the regions classes history and prospects of Pakistan with equal value for both the neophyte and the expert. Based on Lieven's first-hand knowledge of the country for the past 20 years."" Economist" April 7 2011"Yet for drama colour and complexity [Pakistan] is hard to beat; and Anatol Lieven captures the richness of the place wonderfully. His book has the virtues of both journalism and scholarship..." "Foreign Policy's The AfPak Channel blog" April 11 2011"The release of Anatol Lieven's latest book Pakistan: A Hard Country could not be timelier. This insightful comprehensive portrait of Pakistan is the perfect antidote to stereotypical descriptions of the country as the most dangerous place in the world... Pakistan: A Hard Country has the power to dampen the paranoia about Pakistan's security complex put terrorism in perspective and humanize Pakistanis." "Foreign Affairs" Ma
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