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The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Hoarding Dreams in Pakistan's Ancient Pleasure District
Louise Brown
0060740426
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Heera Mandi, the ancient red-light district of the Punjabi city of Lahore, Pakistan, is as distant as the moon from most Western experience, yet sociologist Brown renders an intimate portrait of one family there that is compelling in its strangeness and its humanity. Shuttling for months at a time between Heera Mandi and her middle-class world of Birmingham, England, Brown details the goings-on of Maha, her five children, and the people and places in their tiny universe. Maha, a fading singer-dancer-courtesan in her midthirties, must now depend on her eldest daughters to join the trade to help shore up the family's shrinking finances: Nisha, 14, who would literally rather die than come of age; Nena, 12, who appears to embrace the business with enthusiasm; and Ariba, 11, a dark-skinned pariah who hovers...


A History of the People of Pakistan
Jane Hussain
0195778197
Jan 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
This work recounts the history of the Pakistan area from the perspective of present day Pakistan. Jane Hussain positions the Land of the Indus centrally, emphasizing its importance to developing civilizations which spread throughout the subcontinent. She also reveals the Pakistan area as an
integral part of the Muslim world which transmitted the Islamic faith and Muslim culture to much of southeast Asia.


Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador
Angelina Jolie
0743470230
October 2003
Paperback
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Review
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBEFounder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of PeaceAngelina is living proof of the power we all have -- every one of us -- to make a difference. I was deeply moved by her descriptions of individual refugees struggling to live with dignity and hope, and found her personal commitment to be an inspiration. Angelina's journals document her awakening as a humanitarian activist and I hope they will move readers to act. I look forward to my continued work with Angelina on behalf of the United Nations.

Book Description
Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan,...


Justice in Practice
Muhammad Azam Chaudhary
0195790634
May 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is a study of the traditional Pakistani Justice system and its official functioning. The author uses first-hand information from several case studies to highlight the types of conflicts and reasons that have led to the various problems within Pakistan's legal system while also
suggesting propositions to solve these issues.


The Idea of Pakistan
Stephen P. Cohen
0815715021
September 2004
Hardcover
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Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars
"This is a thorough, balanced, intelligent assessment of Pakistan's crucially important struggle to find stability and successful modern identity."

Dennis Kux, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars
"THE IDEA OF PAKISTAN is an intellectual tour de force, a gripping and informative tale. . ."

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Constitutional and Political History of Pakistan
Hamid Khan
0195793412
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book analyzes constitutional development in Pakistan from its conception to the present day. It provides a case-by-case account of constitution making in Pakistan, and the inclusion of all pertinent documentation makes this essential reading for the student of law and politics. It also
provides a liberal, humanitarian reading of the travails of law members and the role of politicians and bureaucrats in the implementation of the law.


Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia
Pamela Constable
1574886185
May 2004
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Pamela Constable has been reporting from abroad for nearly two decades, and for The Washington Post since 1999; she's currently the paper's bureau chief in Kabul. As she tells us time and again throughout Fragments of Grace, she's seen it all and done most of it, too. She's talked her way into war zones, stared down dictators and gone undercover -- literally, beneath a burqa -- in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Fragments of Grace is her summary of what she's learned as a journalist but also as a human being, a woman in search of "meaning." What did she find? Very little that you haven't heard before, even if you've never come across Constable's byline. Her descriptions of post-Taliban Kabul contain the kind of telling details that might not fit in 20 column inches, and her...


Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson
0670034827
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world,...


Pakistan
M. Rafique Afzal
0195796349
Dec 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a comprehensive account of the history and politics of Pakistan until the establishment of Bangladesh. It encompasses with depth and precision all of the developments in politics, economics, and foreign relations that help to understand the historical process.


Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military
Husain Haqqani
0870032143
June 2005
Paperback
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Peter Bergen, CNN Terrorism Analyst and author of HOLY WAR, INC.
"A well-written and authoritative account from someone who knows Pakistani politics from the inside."

Stephen P. Cohen, Brookings Institution and author of THE IDEA OF PAKISTAN
"This brilliantly researched and written book should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand this increasingly important state."

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Military, State and Society in Pakistan
Hasan-Askari Rizvi
0312231938
August 5, 2000
Hardcover
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International Affairs
Essential reading for students of militarism in the developing world.

Review
“...a useful work, which contains much valuable information. This is enhanced by the author's clarity of expression and sound organization. Hasan-Askari Rizvi offers important observations about Pakistan politics, as well as about the military, which will be of interest....” —Journal of Asian Studies

“...essential reading for students of militarism in the developing world.” —International Affairs


The Bookseller of Kabul
Asne Seierstad
0316159417
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After living for three months with the Kabul bookseller Sultan Khan in the spring of 2002, Norwegian journalist Seierstad penned this astounding portrait of a nation recovering from war, undergoing political flux and mired in misogyny and poverty. As a Westerner, she has the privilege of traveling between the worlds of men and women, and though the book is ostensibly a portrait of Khan, its real strength is the intimacy and brutal honesty with which it portrays the lives of Afghani living under fundamentalist Islam. Seierstad also expertly outlines Sultan's fight to preserve whatever he can of the literary life of the capital during its numerous decades of warfare (he stashed some 10,000 books in attics around town). Seierstad, though only 31, is a veteran war reporter and a skilled observer; as she hides behind...


A History of Radio Pakistan
Nihal Ahmad
0195978706
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is the first authentic account of the history of Radio Pakistan/PBC. It is a vehicle for ventilation of aspirations and grievances, leading, directing, and mobilizing the nation towards set goals. The detailed and comprehensive information provided by this work covers all of Radio
Pakistan that can be resourceful. It emphasises the role that radio can play as an instrument of change, as trendsetter and a development support communication system.


Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet
James Mann
0143034898
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
While campaigning for president in 2000, George W. Bush downplayed his lack of foreign policy experience by emphasizing that he would surround himself with a highly talented and experienced group of political veterans. This core group, consisting of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice, has a long history together dating back 30 years in some cases. Dubbing themselves the Vulcans, they have largely determined the direction and focus of the Bush presidency. In this remarkably researched and fascinating book, Mann traces their careers and the development of their ideas in order to understand how and why American foreign policy got to where it is today.

As Mann makes clear, there has never been perfect agreement between all parties, (the relationship between the...



The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India
Urvashi Butalia
0822324946
June 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1947, British-ruled India was split into predominantly Hindu India and predominantly Muslim Pakistan, in what Butalia calls "one of the great human convulsions of history." Within a few months of this division, one million people had died, 12 million had migrated and 75,000 women were abducted and raped by men of religions different from their own. Although these facts are recorded in history, Butalia points out that the particular experiences of individuals are harder to discover. To fill the gap, Butalia, the cofounder of India's first feminist press, has spent 10 years gathering oral histories from those whose voices were often obscured by politics: women, lower castes and children who were separated from their families. She particularly focuses on the "double dislocation" endured by women, whose fates were...


Constitutional and Political History of Pakistan
Hamid Khan
0195979753
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This book analyzes constitutional development in Pakistan from its conception to the present day. It provides a case-by-case account of constitution making in Pakistan, and the inclusion of all pertinent documentation makes this essential reading for the student of law and politics. It also
provides a liberal, humanitarian reading of the travails of law members and the role of politicians and bureaucrats in the implementation of the law.


From Plassey to Pakistan
Humayun Mirza
0761815090
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
From Plassey to Pakistan is an extraordinary study of 300 years of Indian and Pakistani history from the perspective of the Nawab Nazims, the powerful rulers of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa. As the last direct descendent of the Bengal Nawabs and the only surviving son of Iskander Mirza, Pakistan's first President, author Humayun Mirza explores the events leading to the British acquisition of the Indian subcontinent, India's independence, and Pakistan's secession to become a separate nation state. He then tells the story of his father's rise to power and the military coup that toppled his government, resulting in his exile. While providing an insider's view of the political events that were instrumental in shaping India and Pakistan, this book paints a picture of the fortunes of a family caught in the tides of history. ...


The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11
David R. Griffin
1566565529
March 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A philosopher at the Claremont School of Theology, Griffin scrutinizes the time line and physical evidence of September 11 for unresolved inconsistencies. Griffin draws heavily on three similarly skeptical examinations, by Nafeez Ahmed, Paul Thompson and Thierry Meyssan, whose The Big Lie was a bestseller in France, and which the New Republic has called "thinâ€"and thinly argued." Based on these sources, Griffin maintains that a full investigation of the events of that tragic day is necessary to answer such questions as whether American Airlines Flight 77 did crash into the Pentagon (though many will find it impossible to doubt this) and how United Airlines Flight 93 was downed. He claims that if standard procedures for scrambling fighter jets had been followed, the hijacked planes should have been...


Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Robert D. Kaplan
1400030250
November 2001
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The New York Times, 1990
“Kaplan [is] a scholarly and adventurous journalist. . . . He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted.”

Review
“Robert Kaplan [is] a scholarly and adventurous journalist. . . . He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted.” —The New York Times

Soldiers of God is a thoughtful, insightful, highly readable book. Battlefield smart, rock solid.” —Dan Rather

“Affecting and informative. . . . [Kaplan] answer[s] a number of important political questions.” —The New Yorker

“[A] first-rate account. . . . [Kaplan’s] combination of firsthand war experience inside Afghanistan and extensive reporting ....


India: A History
John Keay
0802137970
April 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The history of what is now India stretches back thousands of years, further than that of nearly any other region on earth. Yet, observes historian John Keay, most historical work on India concentrates on the period after the arrival of Europeans, with predictable biases, distortions, and misapprehensions. One, for example, is the tendency to locate the source of social conflict in India's many religions--to which Keay retorts, "Historically, it was Europe, not India, which consistently made religion grounds for war."

Taking the longest possible view, Keay surveys what is both provable and invented in the historical record. His narrative begins in 3000 B.C., with the complex, and little-understood, Harappan period, a time of state formation and the development of agriculture and trade networks. This period coincides with...



K2: Challenging the Sky
Roberto Mantovani, Kurt Diemberger
0898865182


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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)


Pakistan
Ian Talbot
1403964599
Aug 2005
(Paperback) - Expanded Ed.
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From Publishers Weekly
Coventry University historian Talbot piles fact upon grim fact to show how Pakistan, born in suffering, has yet to heal the wounds of its past. The woes of this strategically located country seem overwhelming: rapid urbanization and population growth; high infant mortality and low literacy; unfavorable balance of payments; an economy skewed toward military spending; environmental pollution; refugee problems; and violence related to the trafficking of drugs and arms. Islam, with its various flavors, has provided "insufficient cement" for building a nation out of warring ethnic, linguistic and regional factions. Added to all this is the country's perennial conflict with India, and the nuclear competition darkening the horizon. Talbot expresses faith in the courage and resilience of the Pakistani people, but his...


A History of Pakistan and Its Origins
Christophe Jaffrelot
1843311496
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
History Book Club Selection. Born in torment barely half a century ago, Pakistan appears to be in constant pursuit of its own identity; at the same time it has become a pivotal player in global politics. Its short existence has witnessed an extraordinary variety of events: four "coups d' état", the rise of Islam as a power, tensions between ethnic groups and religious groups, the Kashmir conflict and the near-constant war footing with India, the rapid establishment of separatist movements such as that which lead to the establishment of Bangladesh, and its own increasingly important position at the axis of the Middle East, central Asia and China. Furthermore, the ongoing issues surrounding Afghanistan and the most recent coup that leaves Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in the world, the only nuclear...


Afghan Wars: And the North-West Frontier 1839-1947
Michael Barthorp
0304362948
October 28, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
It was the most fought after frontier ever, immortalized in poetry by Kipling: from the 1830s to Indian independence in 1947, British forces engaged in almost-constant battle with the most implacable guerrillas in history. The Afghan mountain tribes were fiercely independent, and for years plundered the north Indian plain...until the English arrived. Then, in a strange war, the British alternated between paying the Afghans subsidies to quell their raiding and launching punitive military expeditions. Nonetheless, a grudging respect for the enemy and a concern to stick by unwritten codes of conduct governed this hundred-years war. From The Lives of a Bengal Lancer to Carry On Up the Khyber, these confrontations have been a rich source of inspiration for novelists and filmmakers-and here the true story is told in a unique...


Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story
Said Hyder Akbar
1582345201
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Akbar's refreshingly unsentimental reminiscences of visiting his father's homeland as a teen make for an intriguing portrait of Afghanistan at a time of significant transition. On 9/11, Akbar, who was born in Peshawar in 1984 but grew up in the U.S., was living near Oakland, Calif., where his father ran a clothing store. After the attack, the elder Akbar, a descendant of an Afghan political family, returned to his country to take a job as President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman and, later, as governor of Kunar, a rural province. The author visited his father for three successive summers, and the result is this account, a closeup view of the creation of the country's post-Taliban democratic government, told from a perspective that's impressively both insider and objective. Akbar reports on chats with cabinet...


India's Political Economy 1947-2004 : The Gradual Revolution
Francine R. Frankel
0195658396
May 12, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a revised and updated edition of the classic on India's post-Independence political economy published in the early 1980s. It addresses the fundamental paradox of India's political economy: how do we achieve the goals of increased economic growth and reduced economic and social
disparities without causing social turmoil and dissent. This revised edition includes substantial new chapters carrying forward the analyses to the second generation in the 21st century.


Pakistan
Lawrence Ziring
1851683275
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this probing book, a leading defense expert gives the inside story of Pakistan, telling of a country torn apart by catastrophic civil wars, dominated by the bullish military dictatorship of General Musarraf and struggling against the growth of extremist Islam.


The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
David Gilmour
0374283540
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
How much do we really know about the lives of the British in imperial India? Gilmour's deftly organized, encyclopedic account of the day-to-day existence of the members of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) upends the view of the British rulers as tyrannical, racist philistines, an image born out of such works as E.M. Forster's A Passage to India and advanced strenuously since postcolonial studies emerged in the 1970s. Gilmour, author of highly regarded biographies of Rudyard Kipling and Lord Curzon, assembles a wealth of light, amusing anecdotes on an astounding range of topics concerning the members of the ICS, including their college days, bad habits, job duties, gripes about the weather and courtship practices. Though lacking in analysis, the sympathetic general portrait gives a good insider's view of how these...

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