Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian and the author of the acclaimed A First Rate Tragedy, The Boxer Rebellion, Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy, Cleopatra and Antony, and Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, which won the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. With her husband, Michael, she has coauthored A Pirate of Exquisite Mind and Taj Mahal. She lives in London, England.
The book is okay and was not difficult to read. The major problem I have with the work is not with what is in it, but what is missing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RKM
Excellent account of disastrous invasion of Afghanistan by the British in 1839. Incredible ineptitude of British, but it seems we still can't learn from the past.Published 19 months ago by Sam B
Long before the disaster of the American Iranian and Afghan adventures, there were the British and they got their butts handed to them just like we did. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Rick
Preston's _The Dark Defile_ is a bit uneven in the telling of Britain's incursion into Afghanistan, but her evaluation and conclusions are spot on. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by doc peterson
"The Dark Defile" by Diana
By David Isby, Published: The Washington Post,
March 9, 2012
Britain has long turned military defeats into narratives of... Read more
I have read all but one of Diana Preston's books including the two she co-authored with her husband. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Bobby D.
The Afghans have had plenty of practice in dealing with invasions, and this is a gory and fascinating account of how Akbar Khan and the Afghan tribal forces took on a British army... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by othoniaboys