Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country’s history. Undermined by a ruling elite hungry for money and power, Pakistan now stands alone as the only Islamic country with a nuclear bomb, yet it is unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America. Now with the revelation that Pakistan has been the hiding place of Osama bin Laden for several years, that relationship can only grow more strained. How did it reach this flashpoint of instability and injustice with such potentially catastrophic results for Pakistan?
Recounting his country’s history through the prism of his own memories, Imran Khan starts from its foundation, ripped out of the dying British Raj. He guides us through and comments on subsequent historical developments which shook the Muslim world –the wars with India in 1965 and 1971, the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and America’s retribution 10 years later with the assassination of bin Laden – to the current controversial and intractable war in Afghanistan. We see these events viewed not only through the eyes of Westerners, but through those of ordinary Pakistanis.
Drawing on the experiences of his own family and his wide travels within his homeland, Pakistan: A Personal History provides a unique insider’s view of a country unfamiliar to a western audience. Woven into this history we see how Imran Khan’s personal life –his happy childhood in Lahore, his Oxford education, his extraordinary cricketing career, his marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, his mother’s influence and that of his Islamic faith – inform both the historical narrative and his current philanthropic and political activities. It is at once absorbing and insightful, casting fresh light upon a country whose culture he believes is largely misunderstood by the West.
©2011 Imran Khan (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
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"Thought-provoking but not well produced"
Listening to this prompted me to review my impression of Pakistan and put events, the majority of which I have lived through (I am about the same age as Imran Khan) in a new perspective. You can love it or hate it - certainly the author could not be accused of over-modesty - but it should make you think. What a pity, then, that despite the clearly worthy efforts of Amerit Deu the reading of the book is a real obstacle. Poor intonation, inappropriate pauses and punctuation cause a real barrier to understanding, let alone enjoyment. If this book is to have its full impact on western listeners, I think it would be worth taking the time to re-record it.
"a splendid book a very bad production"
This book is definitely a must read for any one who has any interest in situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Imran provides a very interesting insight into the current situation and what are the reasons for this situation.
The choice of narrator is very poor. He totally fails to pronounce any of the words used from the local languages. I would have imagined the choice of narrator to be some one who has some background in the politics of sub continent so that he can pronounce the names properly. He murdered the names of people and places and the way he recited the verse of Iqbal it was hilarious.
I would suggest to re produce this audio book with either Imran reading himself, or a Pakistani narrating this book some one like Zia Mohyeddin.
"well written and very informative."
very well written and informative, a struggle of a person to finish corruption in Pakistan,
i didn't like the way story been read. the reader didn't have very good command on both languages. it would have better to if the writer has read himself.
"Loved this book...."
However, not sure about the reader though. Sometimes, I didn't quite get when the sentence was up.
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