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The US is only the most recent power to invade Afghanistan —and fail. Of course the Soviets tried it from 1979 to 1989, and before that, the British tried – from 1839 to 1842. Is there a lesson here? WILLIAM DALRYMPLE thinks so—he’s written about the British effort, and its striking parallels to our own: RETURN OF A KING: the Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42—it’s out now in paperback.
Plus: Edmund White, a member of the Stonewall generation, is the author of several award-winning memoirs and novels, including A Boy’s Own Story and City Boy. His new memoir is Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris. “White is one of the most prominent gay writers in the United States, a position he occupies gleefully”–Jay Parini, New York Times.