The Man Who Would be King and Other Stories

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Product Number: Z2307
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449877583
Narrator/s: George Taylor
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In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the American flag on the summit of the Hindu Kush in the mountainous wilds of Afghanistan. He declared himself Prince of Ghor, Lord of the Hazarahs, spiritual and military heir to Alexander the Great. The true story of Josiah Harlan, a Pennsylvania Quaker and the first American ever to enter Afghanistan, has never been told before, yet the life and writings of this extraordinary man echo down the centuries, as America finds itself embroiled once more in the land he first explored and described 180 years ago. Soldier, spy, doctor, naturalist, traveler, and writer, Josiah Harlan wanted to be a king, with all the imperialist hubris of his times. In an extraordinary 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 Afghanistan a few months later by the invading British. Using a trove of newly discovered documents and Harlan's own unpublished journals, Ben Macintyre tells the astonishing true story of the man who would be the first and last American king.

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Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Imprint: Classics Library

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Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Narrator(s): George Taylor
Product Number C2480
Released: Dec 08, 2003
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ISBN: #9781402570926
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Homework Pack
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Narrator(s): George Taylor
Product Number 3A396
Released: Oct 27, 2010
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ISBN: #9781402570933
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Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Narrator(s): George Taylor
Product Number 3K396
Released: Jan 01, 1989
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ISBN: #9781402570940
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Text - Paperback
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Product Number 12320
Released: Jan 29, 2000
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ISBN: #9780199536474

Professional reviews

"Narrator George TaylorÕs raspy voice and English accent perfectly match the "hut, one, two" pace of KiplingÕs explorations of colonialism in the nineteenth century. The short stories that accompany the novella are also treated in an effective and dramatic way by this master narrator. Taylor characterizes the men of ambition with the best stiff upper lip imaginable. Moments of daring get the full dramatic treatment, with Taylor leading the charge. Listeners in search of adventure and bravery will find two companions in Taylor and Kipling. R.O. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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