The Return of the King.

Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC ...

Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC KCB KCIE (Photo credit: Père Ubu)

For those who don’t know me; I’m a fan of the Harry Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser.  Yes, for those who remember the novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays, yes, Flashman the bully, who rode cowardly into being a hero.  Kind of like a British version of the 1960’s TV show F Troop.  They stumbled into victory.

The first Flashman is based on the 1842 debacle in Afghanistan in the First Afghan War.

So what is the Return of the King?  This is a book by William Dalrymple about the real debacle in that war.  The worst part about this?  The Russians AND the United States have made all the same mistakes.  I enjoyed the description of our former envoy Richard Holbrooke.  He was described as a bull, who brought his own china shop.  The Afghans themselves just shrug.  They’ve been fighting different groups for thousands of years.  The Hindu Kush was always the major invasion route to the Indian Subcontient.

The Afghans see it as after the last American soldier leaves, all that will happen is the Chinese will enter.

And the band played on.  And so it goes.


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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