Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on observations from the streets and university classrooms and from personal interviews with lawyers, journalists, politicians, and military personnel, this riveting investigation examines the most compelling aspects of Pakistan's culture and history. Written by an American journalist living in Pakistan, the issues and struggles of Pakistan and its people as the United States's war on terror unfolds are addressed. This powerful report offers vivid descriptions of life in Lahore and humanizes the nation's struggles by delving into every dimension of the Pakistani experience, including domestic politics; ethnic, regional, and sectarian fault lines; anti-Western and anti-Indian sentiments; and the border issues between Kashmir and Afghanistan. An engaging work, the findings connect this volatile nation to its precarious place in the international realm.
"Pakistan just happens to be one of the most complex and difficult countries to describe, but Casey does a magnificent job. Caseys prose sings, and his portraits are master class. A travel book that travels though the mind." Ahmed Rashid, author of the #1 bestseller Taliban
"Combines pathos with wit, accessibility with complexity, and empathy with critical honesty. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone visiting Pakistan." Harvard International Review
"[Casey] lets the complexities of a nation whose well-being is a matter for global concern speak for themselves.... The authors real journey is a search for common humanity." The Daily Telegraph
An American journalist's poignant exploration of Pakistan's culture, people, and current political climate.
About the Author
Ethan Casey is a journalist who currently writes a weekly column in the Lahore Daily Times in Pakistan. He is editor in chief of BlueEar.com, which he cofounded in 1999. He has written for the Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Guardian, Observer News Service, South China Morning Post, and U.S. News & World Report. He is the editor of 09/11 8:48 a.m.: Documenting America's Greatest Tragedy, Dispatches from a Wounded World, and Peace Fire and is coauthor of Queen of Diamonds.