Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan : his life and times /
Stanley Wolpert.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
xii, 378 p. : ill.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-05-01:
Brilliant, charismatic, and flamboyant, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto rose to become prime minister of Pakistan (1971-79). Unfortunately, he ruled the country as he did his 40,000-acre estate, stressing siasat (a feudal code of conduct) and izzat (honor) rather than caring for the welfare of the people. Gen. Zia ul-Haq, who seized power in a military coup, trumped up charges against Bhutto and had him hanged. Wolpert, a professor of South Asian history and author of Jinnah of Pakistan ( LJ 4/1/84) and India ( LJ 3/1/91), traces in great detail both the positive and negative aspects of Bhutto's career, showing how he, in many respects, deserved the fate he received, although Wolpert does not condone the death sentence. Those who are interested in Cold War policies or Pakistan will benefit from reading this book. For academic and large public library collections.-- Donald Clay Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-05-10:
Pakistanis still revere their slain prime minister, glib, charistmatic, Oxford-educated Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928-1979), who was arrested by his top general and hanged after two ignominious years in prison. His supporters hailed the fiery anti-Indian orator and pan-Islamic politician as a restorer of Pakistan's pride, and they see in his daughter Benazir Bhutto--ex-prime minster and now leader of the opposition--the promise of resuscitating Zulfi's glory. But this searching, brilliant, exhaustively researched biography dissolves Bhutto's aura to present him as a ``schizoid personality'' who ran Pakistan like a feudal lord. Wolpert, South Asian history professor at UCLA, tells how the ``Islamic Napoleon'' waged a disastrous genocidal war against newly independent Bangladesh, led a secret program to amass a nuclear arsenal for Pakistan and two-timed his Hindu wife Nusrat who, disconsolate over his lies and infidelities, attempted suicide. Photos. (June)
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Table of Contents
Sindhi Roots (pre-1928)p. 3
From Larkana to Bombay (1928-1947)p. 19
Brief California Interlude (1947-1950)p. 27
From Oxford to Karachi (1950-1957)p. 37
Apprenticeship to Power (1958-1963)p. 55
Foreign Minister to the Field Marshal (1963-1965)p. 72
Winters of His Discontent (1965-1969)p. 100
Free Elections and the Birth of Bangladesh (1970-1971)p. 135
President Bhutto "Picks Up the Pieces" (December 1971 - July 1972)p. 165
Provincial Problems Proliferate (mid-1972 - early 1973)p. 197
Foreign Triumphs, Domestic Tragedies (April 1973-1974)p. 214
Prime Minister Bhutto at the Peak of His Power (1974)p. 230
From "Leader of Pakistan's People" to "Leader of the Third World"? (1975)p. 246
Prelude to New National Elections (1976)p. 260
New Elections and Their Tragic Aftermath (early 1977)p. 277
Zulfi's Fall - from Martial Coup to Martyrdom (5 July 1977 - 4 April 1979)p. 303
Notesp. 331
Bibliographyp. 359
Indexp. 369
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