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Pakistan: A Personal History Hardcover – International Edition, October 17, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593067746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593067741
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must-read for anyone interested in the intrigue of politics in the most dangerous country on earth" The Sunday Times "An intelligently written mix of Pakistan's history and his own autobiography" Independent "A compelling story, plainly told. It reveals a great deal about Pakistani life and politics, as well as about the great cricketer's strengths and failings" Spectator --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

IMRAN KHAN was born in 1952 and grew up playing cricket in Lahore, Pakistan. He played his first international match for this country in 1971. He has recently established his own political party, the Tehrik-e-Insaf, aiming to bring good governance and social justice to the people of Pakistan.


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I read this book last month.
F. Khan
If you want to understand Pakistan, Islam in its true sense, you must read it.
Imran Mohammad
The book is well written and easy to read and understand.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Raheela Sadiq on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just read this much anticipated and somewhat elusive book by Imran Khan.Because of his very public persona the book does not reveal any new facts about his life, however, it does give you a window through which to catch glimpses of author's heart and soul and his evolution as a multidimensional personality.
His political commentary probably has a ring of familiarity for many of his peers from the 60's era but was quite revealing to people like myself who are political newbees.
Comes across as an honest and simple account of the current affairs with pragmatic solutions that appeal to one's common sense.
While some may hastily label him as a born again Muslim,I see it as a process of self realization and then self actualization.
A good read and good addition to your library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Owais on November 2, 2011
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It takes a measure of a man to admit his shortcomings on a repetitive basis. Imran has written biographies before and I presume most of us may have seen his commentaries on TV but the way he has opened up his thought pattern in this book is exceptional.
Whilst Journalists like Pamela Constable (Playing With Fire), Ethan Casey (Overtaken by Events) or even Kim Barker (The Taliban Shuffle) may not have much to say about Imran, I feel it is a missed opportunity since the aforementioned authors waste so much time on Zardari and the Sharif Brothers. Even the Pakistani Author Ahmed Rashid (Descent into Chaos) misses him. This is an annoying trend that is also shared by most of the western media (barring the rare NPR clip) and what irks me is that as a politician with growing influence, Imran deserves due recognition. Furthermore, he is far more worthy 'ambassador' of Pakistan than say the Sharif Brothers.
The book is an easy read and Imran has been critical of everyone, primarily himself. This is staggering given the disdainful arrogance he displayed as a cricketer and brash methodology he used to come across as a politician. His blunt honesty, deep insight and great anecdotes make this book a tremendous read. He gives credit to people and institutions where it is due, honors those who have helped him in his quests whilst at the same time shies away from self glorification.
In comparison of this book, Musharraf's "In the Line of Fire" fails to dwell on issues that matter but instead wastes pages on "childhood first crushes" and practical jokes played throughout an adolescent age.
The opening sequence of "Pakistan" fills in the gaps the media did not cover when Imran was arrested in Lahore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Khan on November 5, 2011
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I read this book last month. Being Pakistani and non active member of his party, I was interested in reading his mind. He actually wrote what he usually says on his television interviews etc. This shows the clarity of views that person is not trying to mince words neither trying to hide something which he said on local TV and now wants to show something else to the international audience.

He started with his capturing due to Jamiat (student wing of Jamat-e-Islami) and it shows that he is still nursing a grudge against them and that capturing. His initial chapters are little boring and at one point almost after 70-80 pages I thought it would be an ordinary book. But then he picked up the pace and content became richer and my interest in his spiritual transformation, his candid criticism on himself, his weaknesses, strengths all made it worth reading. Though I found he still needs more education on Islamic rituals and Islamic system itself but I also believe that his sincerity will cover many things which he may be lacking now.

His chapter on Iqbal was worth reading and very well written. He did not write in detail on failing of his marriage but this is OK since this is a political book and his personal life should not be the matter of the book.

MUST READ FOR ALL WHO FOLLOWED HIM FOR LAST 30 YEARS OR SO LIKE ME.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karim Sahyoun on January 12, 2012
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This book is worth reading for four reasons:
1. It provides a fascinating, honest view into how a highly gifted and privileged man evolves from "clueless" playboy to deeply thoughtful activist.
2. It provides new (to me at least) and valuable understanding into Pakistani Islam
3. It sheds light into the problems that the US has caused Pakistan as well as the problems it faces in Pakistan moving forward
4. It provides hope for the future - Pakistan's and ours
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Dindial on April 16, 2012
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At first I did not want to spend twenty dollars to buy this book as I have very little interest in Pakistan's politics. I am a West Indian of Imran's generation and loves cricket....This book is an excellent read should be required reading for all Pakistanis who love their country and would like to help in its rebuilding-as Imran says it is fast becoming a failed state.Imran speaks from the heart and he bares his soul in a way few writers are able to do. The book is well written and easy to read and understand. He gives a clear historial perspective,is analytical and offers practical solutions to some of the many problems facing his beloved country. This is a book whose time has come from a man who is ready to assume the awesome responsibilites of taking his country forward.
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