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Beyond the Khyber Pass: The Road to British Disaster in the First Afghan War

Waller, John H.

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ISBN 10: 0394569342 / ISBN 13: 9780394569345
Published by Random House, New York, 1990
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Inscribed By Author 0394569342 FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, INSCRIBED by AUTHOR. Copyright page states "First Edition" at bottom, just under "2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3" which is the Random House method of indicating a First Edition/First Printing. Book inscribed on half title page "To Veena Singh who knows this part of the world better than I ever could, with best wishes, John H. Waller." Book is in NEAR FINE condition brown cloth & rust paper boards, in dust jacket, price intact. Unmarked except previous owner has entered author JOHN WALLER's address in ink on lower right corner of the rear pastedown. BEYOND THE KHYBER PASS, copyright 1990, 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 21/2"), 329 pages including Notes, Reference, and Index. ISBN. Bookseller Inventory # 002732

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Title: Beyond the Khyber Pass: The Road to British ...

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Printing.

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An analysis of the struggle for nineteenth-century Afghanistan profiles the military leaders, rebels, politicians, and others whose decisions culminated in the tragic massacre of sixteen thousand British soldiers and their families at Kabul

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Rich in adventure, intrigue and treachery, this is the story of the British failure in Afghanistan in the 1840s, as England competed with czarist Russia for strategic advantage in Central Asia. Waller relates how the womanizing ways of garrison troops in Kaul (amid a xenophobic, deeply religious society where such behavior was punishable by death) was the "last straw" that caused the tribal chiefs to abandon their bloody feuds and declare a holy war against the infidel invader. The war found the vaunted British square formation, cavalry and artillery virtually useless in the high mountain passes where most of the fighting took place. The great set piece of the book is the awesome description of the near destruction of the 4500-man British Kabul garrison and its 12,000 camp followers as they attempted to fight their way to Peshewar. This first-rate history by the author of Gordon of Khartoum captures the savage grandeur of the First Afghan War. Photos not seen by PW.
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