The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2013 - History - 567 pages
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In the spring of 1839 British forces invaded Afghanistan for the first time, re-establishing Shah Shuja on the throne and ushering in a period of conflict over the territory still unresolved today. 'The Return of a King' is the definitive analysis of the first Afghan war.
 

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

Good story, but this book dragged for me...I had to really work at finishing it--a new experience for me as I have enjoyed all of the author's previous works (and even made a special trip to central ... Read full review

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User Review  - oparaxenos - LibraryThing

Before picking up this book, I had heard a lot about William Dalrymple, but I did not realise just how good an author he is. This is a book about an extremely interesting subject, but what is striking ... Read full review

Contents

No Easy Place to Rule
1
An Unsettled Mind
30
The Great Game Begins
74
The Mouth of Hell
144
The Flag of Holy
198
We Fail from Our Ignorance
255
All Order Is at an
294
The Wail of Bugles
355
The Death of a King
389
A War for No Wise Purpose
425
Authors Note
489
Notes
503
Bibliography
537
Glossary
552
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William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and, most recently, Nine Lives. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d'Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award for non-fiction, the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage, and has, prior to the shortlisting of Return of a King, been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize three times. In 2012 he was appointed Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.

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