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Prelude to a sad end,
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This review is from: Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage Up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary and Persia (Paperback)
Lots of information here for those interested in the history of Afghanistan and surrounding countries. Of course the style is very much of its time but this should be required reading for those who wish to understand the background to the current conflict.
It's sad to note that Burnes didn't understand the situation as well as he thought and he died in Kabul in the "first Afghan" war.