RETURN OF A KING: THE BATTLE FOR AFGHANISTAN
The book is a recapitulation of the West greatest imperial disaster of its time. It is
a story of colonial ambitions, conceit and folly which has striking pertinence
even today. In the year 1839, more than 20,000 British troops poured into the coarse
mountain passes of Afghanistan and brought the exiled Shah Shuja on the throne.
However, in two years, the Afghans rebellion forced British to retreat. The book also
illuminates some key connections between the past and the present situation. The
complexity of generational tribal rivalries, their stronghold on customs and politics
had ensnared the British of the nineteenth century and the US and NATO forces of
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