About the Book
Born only ve years after Pakista was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived hiscountry's history. Undermined by a ruling elite hugry for money and power, Pakistannow stands alone as the only Islami country with a nuclear bomb, yet it is unable toprotect 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 binLaden for several years, that relationship can only grow more strained. How did it reachthis ashpoint of instability and injstice with such potentially catastrophic reslts forPakistan?Recouting his country's history thrugh the prism of his own memories, Imra Khanstarts from its foundation, ripped out of the dying British Raj. He guides us through andcomments on subsequent historical evelopments which shook the Muslim world -thewars with India in 1965 and 1971, th Iranian Revoution of 1979, the Soviet invsion ofAfghanistan, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Americas retribution ten years later with theassassiation of bin Laden -to the current controversial and intractable war inAfghanistan. We see hese events viwed not only through the eyes of Westerners, butthrough those of ordinary Pakistanis.Drawing on the experences of his own family and his wide travels within his homeland,
provies a unique insider's view o a country unfamiliarto a western audience. Woven into this history we see how Imran Khan's personal life -his happy childhood in Lahore, his Oxford eduation, his extraordinary criketingcareer, his marriage t Jemima Goldsmith, his mother's inuence and that of his Islamicfaith -inform both the historical narrative and his current philanthropic and politicalactivities. It is at once absorbing and insightful casing fresh light upon a country whoseculture he believes is argely misundrstood by the West.