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Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself (edition 2011)

by Pamela Constable

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Title:Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself
Authors:Pamela Constable
Info:Random House (2011), Hardcover, 352 pages
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A fascinating, insightful and troubling chroinicle of contemporary Pakistan. Current up to and including the killing of Osama bin Laden, Constable covers a wide range of subjects: systemic corruption in business and government, economic disparities, the military as national institution, rising influence of the Taliban in rural areas, the struggle between fundamentalist and moderate Islam, the ongoing repression of women and religious minorities, tribal society traditions, and much more. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Washington Post reporter Pamela Constable has done a remarkable job in this survey of where Pakistan stands 64 years after its founding. Rather than focusing on the political wrangling at the pinnacle of state, each chapter focuses on a different episode that she covered during her time reporting from the country, and then explores how that highlights broader cultural, legal, political or economic issues affecting the country. To a certain extent (though not completely) Constable is able to break away from the single-minded focus on the country through the prism of the War on Terror. For the most part its a depressing read and one can't help but feel that one is exploring a country that in some important respects lost its way. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Dec 6, 2011 |
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"In this richly reported and movingly written chronicle, Constable takes us on a panoramic tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs, that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation of 170 million."--P. [2] of dust jacket.… (more)

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