Eminent author Stanley Wolpert, writer of ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’ passes away

WASHINGTON: Author Stanley Wolpert, popular in Pakis­tan for his books on Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, died in California last night. He was 91.

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In his long career as an author, teacher and political commentator, Prof Wolpert published 15 books, including four novels, but the one that made him a must read in Pakistan is Jinnah of Pakistan, published in 1982. It is among the best biographies of the Quaid.

He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1959 to 2002.

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Jinnah of Pakistan was published in 1997 and it explores the public and private life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The book reveals Jinnah’s struggles, pain, his broken marriage and strenuous relationship with the daughter.

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three,” Wolpert wrote in the opening lines of the book’s preface.

Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, Nine Hours to Rama, Tilak and Gokhale : Revolution and Reform in the Making of Modern India, India and Pakistan : Continued Conflict or Cooperation?, Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan : His Life and Times, Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny, and Gandhi’s Passion : The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi are some of his other books.

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