I'm an American with a great curiosity for world history. I've read many historical accounts of many foreign countries and, by far, this book exceeds all others. "Pakistan at the Crosscurrent of History" is an excellent account of Pakistan's history and how bordering territories have influenced or interfered with its progress. Lawrence Ziring provides a most unbiased account of Pakistan's leaders and its people, even describing how Pakistan's own leaders have abused their authority and deceived the Pakistani people. Those in power, who sought to do good for their country, faced challenges unlike any other leader in the world. Pakistan was almost unheard of in the world until after the events of 9/11. Now, the world has taken a great interest in learning more about this little country. To understand the current times in Pakistan, one must first understand its complicated history and complexity of its people. I would also recommend "Three Cups of Tea" which is co-authored by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. This is a true story about how an American mountain climber's fate lead him to unexpectedly cross paths with the people of a small, mountain village and how this meeting changed both Pakistani and American lives forever.