Denise B. Dailey

Listening to Pakistan

Pakistan stands front and center in current geopolitical intrigue and looms as a powder keg in U.S. relations in Asia and the Middle East – but unfortunately, the average American knows little about what makes Pakistan “tick.” Now we have an important new window from a female perspective on this mysterious, pivotal culture.

Readers agree that Denise B. Dailey’s LISTENING TO PAKISTAN: A Woman’s Voice in a Veiled Land (Inkslingers Press, 2012) is a major contribution by an objective Western observer to our understanding of complex Pakistan. Soon after publication the e-book rose to # 1 bestseller ranking for Amazon Pakistan travel books, top-ten Amazon Kindle rankings in women’s studies and Asia travel – and multiple five-star reader ratings.

LISTENING TO PAKISTAN: A Woman's Voice in a Veiled Land by Denise B. Dailey is an analytical travel journal in the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville – an account that brings the author’s rich background to bear in interpreting a volatile nation that will almost certainly continue to be a decisive geopolitical player in years to come.

LISTENING TO PAKISTAN: A Woman's Voice in a Veiled Land by Denise B. DaileyShortly after publication, Dailey's account rose to the #1 bestseller position for all Amazon books on travel in Pakistan and also reached bestseller status among e-books on women's studies and travel in Asia.

Far from being a detached report about a faraway place, LISTENING TO PAKISTAN will make you a vicarious participant in Denise’s narrative as you witness a funeral cortege in a mountainous village, sing at a tribal polo match, enter philosophic musings with a tailor in his shop in far-off Skardu, discuss litotes with a desk clerk, puff round mountain passes at 15,000 feet, and understand firsthand what an earthquake recovery site entails. You’ll ride with her on the famed Karakoram Highway, grasping your seat as you skid along loose rocks and stare incredulously into craggy canyons and raging rivers hundreds of feet below.

You’ll join Denise in approaching wary border guards at the Khyber Pass – and in heeding a warning that your tall husband may be mistaken for Osama bin Laden. In rich language, Denise will share with you her tastes for local cuisine, Gandharan art and archeology, and in ethnic dress. Her arresting photographs of the people and places that populate her narrative complete her picture of remote Pakistan.