Quick Reads: "The Bargain From the Bazaar" by Haroon K. Ullah

| Sat Mar. 8, 2014 6:00 AM EST
Bargain From the Bazaar

The Bargain From the Bazaar

By Haroon K. Ullah

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Western discussion of Pakistan tends to focus on geopolitics and terrorism. In this refreshing break from the policy stuff, Haroon Ullah, a Pakistani American scholar and diplomat, tells the story of a middle-class family struggling to stay united as violence, political turmoil, and extremism threaten to tear the country apart. The book reads like a novel—whose rich dialogue, colorful characters, and vivid descriptions of Lahore blend seamlessly with historical context to offer glimpses of a Pakistan we rarely see.

This review originally appeared in our March/April 2014 issue of Mother Jones.