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The return of a king : the battle for Afghanistan

Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
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A towering history of the first Afghan War by bestselling historian William Dalrymple In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance.
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Named Person: Shāh Shujāʻ, Amir of Afghanistan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Dalrymple
ISBN: 9781408818305 1408818302 9781408822876 1408822873
OCLC Number: 821047084
Awards: Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.
Description: xl, 567 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports., geneal. tables ; 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.
Responsibility: William Dalrymple.

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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 Read more...

 
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