Reviews

  • Superb ... Few writers offer the insight and deep knowledge that Lieven has of a country critical for the West but one often caricatured by the media and rarely understood by Western policy makers ... Timely and compelling

    Maleeha Lodhi
  • This is a wonderful book, full of learning, wisdom, humour and common sense

    Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph
  • One cannot give Lieven enough credit ... The book seamlessly flows with historical analysis, anthropological investigation, and painstaking contextualisation ... It is both grand in its scholastic description and in its journalistic flair

    Ahmad Ali Khalid, Dawn
  • A finely researched blend of the nation's 64-year history ... Lieven's feat lies in his remarkable, flesh-and-blood portrait of the nation ... this nuanced analysis should be read, and learned from

    The Independent
  • By far the most insightful survey of Pakistan I have read in recent years ... a vital book ... detailed and nuanced

    Mohsin Hamid, New York Review of Books
  • Lieven captures the richness of the place wonderfully. His book has the virtues of both journalism and scholarship

    The Economist
  • An important corrective to the monolithic view of Pakistan ... fresh and deeply informed

    Patrick French, Mail on Sunday
  • A brilliantly articulated and researched argument ... Lieven is a wonderful writer. There are frequent moments of dark humour ... and descriptions that a novelist might envy

    Kamila Shamsie, The Times
  • Everybody nowadays seems to take a view on Pakistan. Very few know what they're talking about. Anatol Lieven is that rare observer ... Pakistan: A Hard Country ... fills a large gap in our understanding

    Edward Luce, author of 'In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India'
  • The publication of Pakistan: A Hard Country could not be more timely ... illuminating as well as entertaining

    The Spectator