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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Return of a king.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
|Named Person:||Shāh Shujāʻ, Amir of Afghanistan|
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|ISBN:||9780307958280 0307958280 9781408818305 1408818302 9781408822876 1408822873|
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.|
|Description:||xxxviii, 515 pages,  pages of plates : some color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||No easy place to rule --
An unsettled mind --
The great game begins --
The mouth of hell --
The flag of holy war --
We fail from our ignorance --
All order is at an end --
The wail of bugles --
The death of a king --
A war for no wise purpose.
This sorry saga has been recounted many times, but never that I can recall as well as by Dalrymple. He is a master story-teller, whose special gift lies in the use of indigenous sources, so often