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The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination & Instability Hardcover – October, 2011
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-- Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6
"An engrossing account of Pakistan's fractured history that exposes the faults and foibles of its leaders as they attempted to cling to or gain power...."
-- Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within
"A must-read. Few understand how strategic communication works in Pakistan better than James Farwell."
-- Lt. Gen. Dell L. Dailey, USA (Ret.), former director, Center for Special Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command; former ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism, State Department
"This is a powerful story of tragedy, avarice, power, corruption, deceit, incompetence, treachery, sabotage, and insurgency..."
-- Maj. Gen. David J. Scott, USAF (Ret.), former deputy director, Center for Special Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command
"James Farwell has undertaken original research and considered evidence from a novel perspective to develop insights and explain issues in a refreshingly interesting way..."
-- Colonel Stephen Padgett OBE, Commander British Forces Afghanistan and British Defence Attaché in Kabul 2005-2006
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As an extra bonus, Farwell's attention to the intended and unintended messaging of Pakistan's political elite makes for engaging, entertaining reading. Who else has so carefully noted Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's fashion savvy: "He [was] equally at ease attired in expensive suits strutting about foreign capitals and in the awami (people's) shirt and Jinnah cap haranguing people ...."? Or has thought to capture Benazir Bhutto's passionate approach to life through her love of Baskin Robbins ice cream?
These leaders, despite their differences, put Pakistan first, a fact misjudged by the American perception of Pakistan as a strategic ally. Farwell shows the dynamic of the U.S. Pakistani relationship, within the context of a political culture that breeds conspiracy theory, assassination, and a sense of betrayal. And he shows how that relationship has fared in fighting terrorism, al Qaeda and the Taliban. This is the only place that explains the difference between domestic and foreign Taliban and why Pakistan might care. He also shows how our objectives would be met or not, depending on the results of Pakistan's volatile political process.
I especially enjoyed the portrait of Benazir Bhutto as a champion for the democratic process and religious tolerance. Musharraf, her competitor, mishandled the aftermath of her assassination creating an autocrat's "playbook" for blunders in a time of crisis. This is a great story of intrigue told with high drama and wit.
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Its amazing the degree to which what you see and hear on TV shapes your thinking about world leaders and social issues. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Farwell's book is an astute and timely political account of this most enigmatic of countries. It not only provides a fresh inside view of the past few decades in Pakistan but... Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Sandra Timpson
Jim Farwell has cut through the fog and put together a thoughtful and cogent analysis of Pakistan's complex politics. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Douglas Waller
This book is well-researched, well-organized and written in a style which is quite readable. I am not a foreign policy expert and I was concerned that the book would be too geared... Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by reader in NYC
Was it only more than a decade ago that candidate George W Bush barely recalled who Pervez Musharraf was when asked about Pakistan? Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Ted Tzavellas
James Farwell sets out a buffet of duplicity, theft, obstruction, persistance, power and greed from which many continue to partake in this important part of our strategic world. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Victor Owen
James Farwell's "The Pakistan Cauldron" is an incredibly insightful look into one of the most complex, highly nuanced and constantly changing countries in the world. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Joel Harding
James Farwell has undertaken original research and considered evidence from a novel perspective to develop insights and explain issues in a refreshingly interesting way. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Netherleigh65