The Land and People of Pakistan (Portraits of the Nations)

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Synopsis: An introduction to the history, geography, government, economy, culture, and people of Pakistan.

From School Library Journal: Grade 6 Up-- A lively, informed, highly readable study of the world's tenth most populous country. Weston examines the geography, ethnicity, and history of Pakistan, then goes on to explore its political, social, economic, and cultural life. The sections dealing with Pakistan's emergence as a nation and its contemporary troubled political scene are especially noteworthy. A chapter entitled ``Islam and the Family'' offers a sympathetic account of the influence of religion on everyday life. The author writes in a brisk, journalistic style. He manages to break out of the straitjacket of predictability that a series format often imposes and speaks to readers with his own voice. He also tackles sensitive issues. The country's stance toward the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the society's widespread corruption, the presence of so many veiled and illiterate females--Weston discusses these and other vexing questions with refreshing bluntness and aplomb. The volume contains the usual black-and-white photos, charts, maps, and mini-fact sheet plus an unusually extensive, annotated bibliography. There are several fine bookson Pakistan available, including--for slightly younger readers--Yusufali's Pakistan (Dillon, 1990), which isreverent in tone and tends toemphasize cultural life. By contrast, Weston sounds tougher, shrewder, more political, more critical. --Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
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