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    DescriptionThe amazing tale of a resourceful and unscrupulous early-19th-century American adventurer who forges his own kingdom in the wilds of Afghanistan. In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the American flag on the summit of the Hindu Kush and declared himself Prince of Ghor, the heir to Alexander the Great. Josiah Harlan, the first American to set foot in Afghanistan, would become the model for Kipling's 'The Man Who Would be King', but the true story of his life is stranger than fiction. A soldier, spy, doctor, naturalist and writer, Harlan set off into the wilds of Central Asia after a failed love affair in 1820. Following a brief stint as a surgeon in the East India Company's army, he joined the court of the deposed Afghan monarch Shah Shujah, and then slipped into Kabul disguised as a Muslim priest to foment rebellion. For the next two decades he would play a pivotal role in the bloody politics of the region. Using a trove of newly discovered documents, including Harlan's long-lost journals, Ben Macintyre has followed Harlan's footsteps to uncover an astonishing, untold chapter in the history of the Great Game. If you enjoyed William Dalrymple's 'Return of a King', 'Josiah the Great' should be on your reading list.


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    Title
    Josiah the Great
    Subtitle
    The True Story of the Man Who Would be King
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Macintyre
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 289 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007428199
    ISBN 10: 0007428197
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FCA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    DC22: 958.103092
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 3JH, 1FCA
    Thema V1.0: NHF
    Illustrations note
    35 b/w plates (16pp), With index
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPress
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ben Macintyre is the author of Forgotten Fatherland, The Napoleon of Crime, A Foreign Field and the bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat. He is the former parliamentary sketch-writer for The Times, and has been the paper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    'A wonderfully compelling story, immediate and engrossing.' Sunday Telegraph 'A riveting and valuable contribution to Great Game literature.' Spectator 'If you like 19th-century derring-do, wild men in wild places, dancing girls, murderous plots, people who smoke dried dung, camels, wine laced with pearls and opium, towering eccentrics and true but almost unbelievable adventures - if you like all that kind of thing, this is the book for you.' Jan Morris