Praise for William Dalrymple's "Return of a King"
"Brilliant. . . . The fullest and most powerful description of the West's first encounter with Afghan society." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Magnificent. . . . [Dalrymple's] histories read like novels. . . . This latest book delights and shocks." --"The Wall Street Journal"
"Masterful. . . . Dalrymple makes an important contribution by including recently discovered Afghan accounts of the war." --"The Washington Post"
"At once deeply researched and beautifully paced, "Return of a King" should win every prize for which it's eligible." --"Bookforum"
"With skill and deep humanity, Dalrymple seeks contemporary lessons in Britain's disastrous nineteenth-century invasion." --"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)
"A serious work of history that expands our understanding of the war of 1839-42 by drawing on sources found in Russia, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, many never before translated into English." --"Newsday
"Arguably the most important work in Dalrymple's impressive oeuvre. . . . If context is important, reading Dalrymple is paramount." --"The Sunday Guardian" (London)
"A masterful history. . . . And as the latest occupying force in Afghanistan negotiates its exit, this chronicle seems all too relevant now." --"The Economist
"In "Return of a King," Dalrymple has done again what he did magnificently for two other telling episodes of British imperial history in "White Mughals" (2002) and "The Last Mughal" (2006). . . . Dalrymple has a narrative gift." --"The Huffington Post
"A thrilling, amusing and educational three-track tour de force, relevant to today and even the immediate future." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Definitive. . . . "Return of a King "is not just a riveting account of one imperial disaster on the roof of the world; it teaches unforgettable lessons about the perils of neocolonial adventures everywhere." --"Literary Review
"A major contribution to the historiography of south-west Asia and of the British empire. . . . "Return of a King" will come to be seen as the definitive account of the first and most disastrous western attempt to invade Afghanistan." --"New Statesman
"Complex and remarkable. . . . As taut and richly embroidered as a great novel. . . . This book is a masterpiece of nuanced writing and research, and a thrilling account of a watershed Victorian conflict." --"The Sunday Telegraph" (London)
"[Dalrymple] is a master storyteller, whose special gift lies in the use of indigenous sources, so often neglected by imperial chroniclers. . . . Almost every page of Dalrymple's splendid narrative echoes with latter-day reverberations." --"The Sunday Times" (London)
"Few writers could go wrong with a story populated with so many villains, rogues, poltroons, swashbucklers, spies, assassins and heroes. But none would make a better job of it than William Dalrymple in this thrilling, magnificently evocative "Return of a King."" --"Mail on Sunday" (London)
"Marvelous. . . . Brilliant, exact language. . . . There is much in Dalrymple's superb book that has contemporary resonance." --"Sunday Herald
"Shows all the elements we have come to expect from Dalrymple: the clear, fluid prose, the ability to give complex historical events shape, story and meaning, the use of new local sources to allow the voices of the people . . . to be heard alongside the much-better documented accounts of the invaders. . . . This is clear-eyed, non-judgmental, sober history, beautifully told." --"The Observer" (London)
"Sensationally good. . . . Dalrymple writes the kind of history that few historians can match." --"The Scotsman
"An absorbing and beautifully written account of a doomed effort to control an apparently uncontrollably population. . . . A saga that makes for marvelous storytelling, filled with heroes, knaves, incompetent fools, and savage, bloodthirsty warriors. It has been told often before but perhaps never so well as by Dalrymple." --"Booklist" (starred)show more