Return of a king the battle for afghanistan written by the scottish historian william dalrymple and published in 2012 is an account of the first anglo afghan war from 1839 to 1842 summary return of a king is an account of britains invasion and . Praise for william dalrymples return of a king brilliant the fullest and most powerful description of the wests first encounter with afghan societythe new york times book review. Return of a king has 2165 ratings and 349 reviews joshua said i know so little about life in central asia its history culture language or anything. William dalrymples colourful history of the first british campaign in afghanistan draws effective parallels with recent events writes ian thomson. William dalrymples 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
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