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Pakistan in the Twentieth Century: A Political History (Jubilee Series) Paperback – February 3, 2000

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"Lucid and well organized....Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice

"Lawrence Ziring's Pakistan in the Twentieth Century is an absorbing account of the panorama of Pakistani politics...his work is invaluable as a ready reckoner of the political developments in Pakistan over a span of 50 years."--The Herald (Pakistan)

"The strength of this volume, suitable for the general audience as well as academics, is its descriptions of people and political events and the analysis of the workings of the political system."--History

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Lawrence Ziring is Arnold E. Schneider professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jubilee Series
  • Paperback: 658 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195792769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195792768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,334,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of the sufferings forced upon Pakistan flow from the friend who seduced her right in infancy - Remember month long state visit of Pakistan's First Prime Minister, Liaqat Ali Khan, though Americans do not like to offer 'free lunch' even to their near and dear ones.

Liaqat was killed to pave way. Income a General, Ayub Khan, in 1958 and since then the strange bed-fellows (Proxy rulers in Pakistan and neo-cons leaders in USA)are in love-hate game controlled with 'carrot and stick'.

I have read Cohan's 'Pakistan Army' also so many others. Sure, American scholars have masterly grasp over the research they undertake, mostly because of immense resources at their disposal and Ziring was Director of Development Administration Programmes and Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University and had been in contact with `top echelon' in Pakistan for decades. Yes, he is right in what he wrote, but to whom his this book is directed at? This "inchoate nation" of 150 million people 40% of whom live below poverty line, Pakistani elite or the USA? 90% of Pakistanis cannot read and understand a Book in English such as this one. The later beneficiaries are, however, making full use of such works to perpetuate their control on the destiny of Pakistan!

The book is the best in scope and content as well as style. Must be translated in Urdu so that common Pakistanis should know, what and how they are where they are today and that light maybe for them at the end of tunnel, but alas! The tunnel has been made very long through twists and twirls.
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