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Author Richardson, Edmund, 1982- author.

Title The king's shadow : obsession, betrayal, and the deadly quest for the Lost City of Alexandria / Edmund Richardson.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2022.


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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - New Materials  958.103 RICHARDSON    DUE 06-27-23
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  958.103 RICHARDSON    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Barney Branch - Adult Department  B MASSON CHARLES    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult New Materials  958.103 RIC    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  958.103 RIC    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  958.103 RICHARDSON    DUE 06-20-23
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 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  958.103 RICHARDSON    Check Shelf
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Note "Originally published in Great Britain under the title Alexandria by Bloomsbury Publishing."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-318) and index.
Contents The Runaway -- The Illusionists -- The Storyteller -- The Wild East -- The City Beneath the Mountains -- The Golden Casket -- Pothos -- Our Man in Kabul -- Stranger than Fiction -- The Age of Everything -- The Second Alexander -- Last Resort -- No Return -- Worlds to Conquer -- The Chamber of Blood -- The Prisoner -- The Spy -- Entrails -- Frontiers -- The Man Who Would be King -- The Lamp-Lighter.
Summary "Impeccably researched, and written like a thriller, Edmund Richardson's The King's Shadow is the extraordinary untold and wild journey of Charles Masson -- think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meets Indiana Jones -- and his search for the Lost City of Alexandria in the 'Wild East' during the age of empires, kings, and spies. For centuries the city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountains was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833 it was discovered in Afghanistan by the unlikeliest person imaginable: Charles Masson, deserter, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist, spy, one of the most respected scholars in Asia, and the greatest of nineteenth-century travelers. On the way into one of history's most extraordinary stories, he would take tea with kings, travel with holy men and become the master of a hundred disguises; he would see things no westerner had glimpsed before and few have glimpsed since. He would spy for the East India Company and be suspected of spying for Russia at the same time, for this was the era of the Great Game, when imperial powers confronted each other in these staggeringly beautiful lands. Masson discovered tens of thousands of pieces of Afghan history, including the 2,000-year-old Bimaran golden casket, which has upon it the earliest known face of the Buddha. He would be offered his own kingdom; he would change the world, and the world would destroy him. This is a wild journey through nineteenth-century India and Afghanistan, with impeccably researched storytelling that shows us a world of espionage and dreamers, ne'er-do-wells and opportunists, extreme violence both personal and military, and boundless hope. At the edge of empire, amid the deserts and the mountains, it is the story of an obsession passed down the centuries."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Masson, Charles, 1800-1853.
Masson, Charles, 1800-1853 -- Travel -- Afghanistan.
Extinct cities -- Afghanistan -- Bagrām.
Afghanistan -- Discovery and exploration -- British.
Afghanistan -- Antiquities.
Afghanistan -- History -- 19th century.
India -- History -- 19th century.
East India Company -- History -- 19th century.
Archaeologists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
HISTORY / Asia / General.
Masson, Charles, 1800-1853. (OCoLC)fst00186430
East India Company. (OCoLC)fst00537796
Antiquities. (OCoLC)fst00810745
Archaeologists. (OCoLC)fst00812929
Discoveries in geography -- British. (OCoLC)fst01352751
Extinct cities. (OCoLC)fst00918959
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Afghanistan. (OCoLC)fst01205406
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
India. (OCoLC)fst01210276
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers^HISTORY / Asia / Central Asia^SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology.
Added Title Alexandria
Obsession, betrayal, and the deadly quest for the Lost City of Alexandria
Other Editions: Also issued as: Richardson, Edmund, 1982- Alexandria London, UK ; New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021 9781526603784
ISBN 9781250278593 (hardcover)
1250278597 (hardcover)
9781250278609 (ebook)
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