My Life from Brigand to King: Autobiography of Amir Habibullah


Bacha Saquo, The Illiterate Son of Water Carrier Fought his way to the Throne of Afghanistan and Lost it within a year, Starting from nothing, and ruthless to degree, his Ambition was fired by a wandering Mullah`s Prophecy.

Author: Amir Habibullah, Jamal Gul
ISBN: 9780863040474
Binding: Hardback, 288 Pages
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In 1929 a ruthless, illiterate brigand chief called Bacha Saquo–“son of a water-carrier”–overthrew Amanullah Khan in a bloody coup and declared himself king of Afghanistan. The ensuing nine months, until the heroic Nadir Shah and his brothers deposed the outlaw, is referred to by the Afghans as the Reign of Terror.

This book is Bacha Saquo’s own story, as dictated to his companion Jamal Gul, and translated from Jamal’s original Persian. From childhood murder and arson, to his last days in prison before the firing squad, Bacha Saquo’s narrative is without a trace of remorse. His description of a cunning ascent to “king” of brigands is disarmingly engaging. He tells of a wandering Mullah who fired his royal ambitions with a prophecy of kingship. And in a matter-of-fact style, he recounts the strategies and tactics of terror, torture and extortion that were his methods of rule. From Brigand to King is a shocking look through the eyes and mind of one of the most ruthless dictators of the century. It shows us patterns of human thought and behavior that make this phenomenon an ever-present possibility.

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Weight 0.55 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.6 × 2.6 cm