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    DescriptionA Best Book of the Year: "The Economist," "Slate," "Kirkus Reviews" In 1839, nearly 20,000 British troops poured through the mountain passes into Afghanistan and installed the exiled Shah Shuja on the throne as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans exploded into rebellion. The British were forced to retreat--and were then ambushed in the mountains by simply-equipped Afghan tribesmen. Just one British man made it through. But Dalrymple takes us beyond the story of this colonial humiliation and illuminates the key connections between then and now. Shah Shuja and President Hamid Karzai share the same tribal heritage; the Shah's principal opponents were the Ghilzai tribe, who today make up the bulk of the Taliban's foot soldiers. Dalrymple explains the byzantine complexity of Afghanistan's age-old tribal rivalries, their stranglehold on politics, and how they ensnared both the British of the nineteenth century and NATO forces today. Rich with newly discovered primary sources, this stunning narrative is the definitive account of the first battle for Afghanistan.

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    Return of a King
    The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Dalrymple
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 515
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307948533
    ISBN 10: 0307948536

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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    14 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William Dalrymple is the author of seven previous works of history and travel, including "City of Djinns, " which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; "From the Holy Mountain;""White Mughals, " which won Britain's Wolfson History Prize; and "The Last Mughal, " which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. He is a contributor to "The New York Review of Books" and "The New Yorker. "He divides his time between New Delhi and London.
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    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 eve