KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan]

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The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Free read ☆ 104 review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan The riveting story that inspired Kipling's classic tale and a John Huston movieThe true story of Josiah Harlan a Pennsylvania uaker and the first American ever to enter Afghanistan has never been told before Soldier spy doctor naturalist traveler and writer Josiah Harlan wanted to be a king with all the imperialist hubris of his times In an. Originally read December 2008 Rereading February 2016 a The Second Time Around book Original review December 12 2008Who knew that Kipling s famous tale was loosely based on the exploits of an American adventurer I sure didn t but was fascinated by this literary predecessor MacIntyre s colorful biography traces the rise of one Josiah Harlan a lapsed uaker from Chester County Pennsylvania whose nominally harebrained schemes to pursue glory in remote regions beyond the Indian frontier eventually led to his becoming a key adviser to the ruler of Afghanistan and commander of his army His crowning achievement was being proclaimed the Prince of Ghoree in the remote mountains of Hazarajat a short lived triumph before his ultimate flight from Afghanistan a few months later in the wake of a British led invasion As MacIntyre makes clear Harlan in many ways was an eccentric figure at times bordering on ridiculous but he was at the same time brave determined wily and intelligent He had a peculiar capacity to reconcile drastically different philosophies most notably American ideas of freedom and justice and a romanticized view of benevolent monarchy Harlan s initial impetus for traveling to Afghanistan too was romantic jilted by his fiancee he joins the British Army in India in the capacity of self taught surgeon After meeting the exiled Afghan king Shujah al Mulk in a northern frontier town Harlan who habitually made no small plans concocted a scheme to travel to Kabul and restore the king to his throneFrom that point on Harlan seems less buffoonish as he masters languages and customs with ease gaining insight into the convoluted shifting Afghan tribal alliances not to mention the Great Game unfolding in some of the remotest places on earth Reading of Harlan s encounters with Afghan chieftains and his many near brushes and occasional outright disasters shed no little light on how in some ways the region still operates today MacIntyre used Harlan s own voluminous writings as well as those of other travelers to the region to flesh out a fascinating world and it s easy to understand why Harlan who initially felt disdain for the primitive people of the region ultimately became assimilated and ultimately switched alliances altogether standing with the king he once set out to depose and against the British backed one he initially wanted to restore In the end I found my initial appraisal of this somewhat uixotic figure had turned to admiration Harlan who continually imagined himself following in the footsteps of Alexander had something of that legendary conueror s daring and no small measure of his ability to lead men MacIntyre s uest in writing the book too seems to have been an undertaking of no little scope intrigued by scattered references he ran across about Harlan he managed to track down his papers in a forgotten Chester County archive Yet MacIntyre refrains from using the story of his uest as a major theme which I found admirable as I ve been bored on than one occasion by writers so puffed up with their own research feats that they can t help but insert themselves into the tale Here instead MacIntyre merely sets the book into motion with his initial fascination while the atmosphere throughout is testimony to his extensive travels in pursuit of the elusive Harlan

review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan

The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan

The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Free read ☆ 104 review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Amazing twenty year journey around Central Asia he was variously employed as surgeon to the Maharaja of Punjab revolutionary agent for the exiled Afghan King and then commander in chief of the Afghan armies In 1838 he set off in the footsteps of Alexander the Great across the Hindu Kush and forged his own kingdom only to be ejected from Af. I loved the Michael Caine and Sean Connery movie The Man Who Would Be King that came out when I was in high school The John Huston film was nominated for four Academy Awards Christopher Plummer played the role of a young journalist by the name of Rudyard Kipling and the film was based on the Kipling s short story by the same nameBut who knew that Kipling s literary bon mot was inspired by a true story and that truth truly is stranger than fictionIn 1989 Ben Macintyre was sent to Afghanistan to cover the final stages of the 10 year war between the Soviets and the CIA backed Mujahideen guerrillas While there he read Kipling s tale of Daniel Dravot written in 1888 but looking back to the middle of the Victorian Age the 1820s and 30s who made it to the heart of Afghanistan disguised as a Muslim holy man to become king of a fierce tribal empire It was several years later while combing through stacks of books in the British Library that Macintyre first discovered the name of a man who reputedly inspired Rudyard Kipling s story The Man Who Would Be King So began Macintyre s search for an elusive footnote in history all his papers were assumed to have been destroyed in a house fire in 1929 that culminated in The Man Who Would Be King a fascinating slice of history that is relevant to today s most pressing geopolitical hotspot Following clues that led him from Britain s war archives to the Punjab San Francisco and Pennsylvania Macintyre was finally able to find a box hidden away in the basement of the archives in a tiny US museum of this mysterious man s birthplace At the bottom of the box was a document written in Persian and stamped with an intricately beautiful oval seal a treaty 170 years old forged between an Afghan prince and the man who would be kingThe first American in Afghanistan had many titles Prince of Ghor Paramount Chief of the Hazarajat Lord of Kurram personal surgeon to Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Five Rivers King of Afghanistan and many others His highness Halan Sahib who in 1839 enthroned on a bull elephant raised his standard and made claim to the Hindu Kush was known back home in Chester County Pennsylvania as Josiah Harlan The man who followed Alexander the Great s winding mountain path 21 centuries later and led an army made up of Afghan Pathans Persian izilibash Hindus Uzbeks Tajiks and Hazaras who were descendents of the Mongolian Hordes a pacifist uaker of Chester County PennsylvaniaIf you like history biographies and tales that seem too fanciful to be true you ll love The Man Would Be King

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The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Free read ☆ 104 review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Ghanistan a few months later by the invading BritishUsing a trove of newly discovered documents Harlan's own unpublished journals and with a revised Preface detailing the unexpected discovery of Harlan's descendents Ben Macintyre's T he Man Who Would Be King tells the astonishing tale of the man who would be the first and last American king. An American goes to Afghanistan with little knowledge of the local people and their customs looking to establish a political empire and bring the fruits of western civilisation Stop me if you think you ve heard this one before but I doubt you ve heard it uite like thisA fascinating read about a virtually unknown Josiah Harlan and what is by all accounts a life that contained enough action for at least five others From Pennsylvania uakers to Afghani tribes Imperial geopolitics and the American Civil War the erstwhile Prince of Ghor was somehow involved in it allMacintyre s prose makes the pages turn over uickly and he has some very wonderfully witty turns of phrase sprinkled throughout the straw that broke the camel dealer s back I m looking forward to hearing him speak about his latest work on Ken Philby later this week down in London


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  1. says: KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan

    review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Originally read December 2008 Rereading February 2016 a The Second Time Around book Original review December 12 2008Who knew that Kipling's famous tale was loosely based on the exploits of an American adventurer? I sure didn't but was fascina

  2. says: KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan

    Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read The True Story of The Man who would be King says the subtitle to my edition; the ualification is important for without it the reader m

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    KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] I was not very impressed with the writing style of the author but Josiah Harlan was absolutely amazing

  4. says: Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan

    Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] I loved the Michael Caine and Sean Connery movie The Man Who Would Be King that came out when I was in high school The John Huston film was nominated for four Academy Awards Christopher Plummer played the role of a young journalist by the name of Rudyard Kipling and the film was based on the Kipling's short story by the same nameBut who knew that Kipling's literary bon mot was inspired by a true story and that truth truly is stranger than

  5. says: KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre

    Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Whilst I've heard of the Kipling short story The Man Who Would Be King and the film based on it I've never read or seen either And to be honest now I've read the history of the man who inspired the story I'm not sure I want to why would I read fiction when a true life version is just as incredible?Josiah Harlan lived a truly extraordinary life and perhaps the most extraordinary thing was that he had the audacity to attempt any o

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    review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] One of Macintyre's earlier books his writing is not as polished as later efforts like Agent Zig Zag or Operation Mincemeat but this is still a compelling tale of the first American campaign in Afghanistan an audacious journey taken by one of history's great footnotes Josiah Harlan In the mid nineteenth century Harlan a uaker from Pennsylvania made his way first to British India thence to Afghanistan in search of advent

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    KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] An American goes to Afghanistan with little knowledge of the local people and their customs looking to establish a political empire and bring the fruits of western civilisation Stop me if you think you've heard this one before but I doubt you've heard it uite like thisA fascinating read about a virtually unknown Josiah Harlan and what is by all accounts a life that contained enough action for at least five oth

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    review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ben Macintyre Really interesting story of All American kook Josiah Harlan a Pennsylvania uaker who took a romantic jilting so bad he went to Afghanistan where he meddled in local politics and almost got his keister handed to him on several occasionsI guess they jilted ferociously in the 1820s or whenever it was Today the girl would just inform Josiah via FacebookAnyhoo the story gets a little tedious at times Hard to keep track of which guy named Moha

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    KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] An intriguing bio on a man whose name should have be recognized and revered as an explorer adventurer in an unknown part of the world

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    review The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan KINDLE [The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan] Ben Macintyre ☆ 4 Free read This is one of those books where you learn that history can be interesting than fiction This book feels like it should be made into a film although I suppose it has in a way since Kipling used Harlan's story for inspiration for The Man Who Wo

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  • Paperback
  • 368
  • The Man Who Would Be King The First American in Afghanistan
  • Ben Macintyre
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780374529574