The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince

The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince

by His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan


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The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince by His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, The Life of Reason

His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj, a member of the royal family of Afghanistan, brings four decades of history to life—from the Cold War era when his famed nightclub in Kabul was a hotspot for global celebrities, jetsetters, and spies, to the communist Soviet takeover that killed members of his family, put a price on Prince Ali’s head, and forced him to make a harrowing escape from his homeland in disguise with his American wife and family.

Prince Seraj’s intimate and historic portrait of modern Afghanistan tells the inside story of a proud, ancient culture grappling with a turbulent history of invasion and transformation. His passionate and adventure-filled story opens a new door to understand a nation irrevocably linked to the stability and prosperity of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and to the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682615188
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,233,588
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan is the founder of the Prince Ali Seraj Institute for Peace and Reconstruction ( Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he is a descendant of twelve generations of Afghan kings. Seraj attended the University of Connecticut and holds dual U.S./Afghan citizenship. He is a sought-after speaker on Afghanistan and serves as an independent consultant on policy matters to government officials and organizations.


Honorary Knighthood, Grand Commander, from Knights Templars for charitable work performed in Afghanistan.

Recipient of the Medal of Commander in the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity from the president and foreign minister of Italy for rescuing an Italian photojournalist from the Taliban.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Royal Legacy 9

Chapter 1 Communists at the Door 19

Chapter 2 The End of the World 26

Chapter 3 Return of the Prodigal Prince 32

Chapter 4 Social Revolution 43

Chapter 5 Spies in Our Midst 48

Chapter 6 A New "Silk Route" 59

Chapter 7 Bridge to Destiny 67

Chapter 8 Doorway to Love 82

Chapter 9 The Great Escape 117

Chapter 10 Departure from Kabul 123

Chapter 11 A New Beginning 133

Chapter 12 The Fight Against Afghan Communism and the Soviet Invasion 138

Chapter 13 The Reagan Era 141

Chapter 14 The Russo-Afghan War and the Re-emergence of the Taliban/Al Qaeda 148

Chapter 15 The Taliban Threat and George W. Bush 165

Chapter 16 Destination Kabul 172

Chapter 17 The People's Prince 182

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