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Pakistan; A Hard Country

Pakistan; A Hard Country

By: Anatol Lieven In his highly informative book on Pakistan, Anatol Lieven takes the reader on a revealing journey through that troubled country. Departing from a title that is subtly misleading, as it seems to announce misfortunes befalling the country’s fragile state structure, the author, a professor of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King’s College London and an expert …

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Issues in Pakistan’s Economy

Issues in Pakistan’s Economy

By: S. Akbar Zaidi Pakistan’s economic development and social change over its first 66 years remained spectacular, yet commonplace, and in many ways tragic, observes the renowned political economist S. Akbar Zaidi in his book “Issues in Pakistan’s Economy”. In this book, Zaidi, who is well known as one of the most creative intellectuals and economists of Pakistan, has undertaken …

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PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY 1947-2005

PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN POLICY 1947-2005

Those seriously interested in Pakistan’s foreign policy should keenly study Abdul Sattar’s book, especially because he has tried to narrate, what he calls “plain history” of Pakistan’s foreign policy since independence. The book assumes more importance because there is a serious dearth of literature on Pakistan’s foreign policy. S.M. Burke’s Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: An Historical Analysis is the first comprehensive …

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The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

The Future of Pakistan by Stephen P. Cohen

By:Nargis Zahra Stephen P. Cohen is an established expert on politics of Pakistan. Presently, he is rendering his services as a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution, Washington DC. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on International Security and Arms Control. In his long career as an academician, Stephen P. Cohen …

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The messy, brilliant life of Pablo Neruda (Book Review)

The messy, brilliant life of Pablo Neruda

Few poets offer their biographers as rich a vein of material as the Chilean Nobel Prize-winner Pablo Neruda . Born in Parral, Chile, in 1904, Neruda transcended his modest origins and provincial upbringing to achieve success and significance far beyond the dreams of most writers . Books like “Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair,” “Residence on Earth ” …

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BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN, By S. Sartaj Hussain Shah

BHUTTO-ZARDARI DEMOCRACY AND PAKISTAN

If one tries to trace the history of creation of Pakistan, one will have to retread one’s steps till the eventful year of 1906 when All India Muslim League was founded. After many ups and downs, a new chapter opened on 23rd March 1940 with the passage of the Lahore Resolution. The results of 1946 elections were almost a guarantee …

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Rake’s Progress: A Look at the Well-Traveled Casanova

By Laurence Bergreen Illustrated. 519 pp. Simon & Schuster. $32.50. I have lived as a philosopher, and I die as a Christian.” These were, supposedly, the last words of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th century’s most infamous adventurer, trickster, gambler and libertine. It is just the sort of thing he would have said, for he was a master of self-justification. Defending …

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Gathering Storm: A History of the Complicated U.S.-China Relationship Since 1776

By SIMON WINCHESTER THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND THE MIDDLE KINGDOM America and China, 1776 to the Present By John Pomfret Illustrated. 693 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $40. Donald Trump (or his next secretary of state) would be well advised to read this timely and comprehensively informative book, since no foreign topic will engage the 45th president more acutely than …

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The Euro And Its Threat to the Future of Europe (Book Review)

The Euro And Its Threat to the Future of Europe

by Joseph Stiglitz There have been around 70 currency unions which have broken up since the end of the Second World War. More has been written about euro than all the other currency unions put together primarily is because it is an unnatural creation. It was a step toward political union rather than a natural consequence of a political union …

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Practical Solutions to Inequality and Corruption

THE FIXHow Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in DeclineBy Jonathan Tepperman307 pp. Tim Duggan Books. $28. The timing of this book could not be better. Big Think has run into a ditch. No one appears to agree on fundamental ideas about governing anymore, and we’re not even sure what we’re arguing about. The grand ideological debates of the …

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