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February 20, 2014


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Charles I

I first encountered FB in the pages of an Ahmad Rashid book I think it was. My childish delight at encountering this historical acquaintance here at SST has deepened to a respect, friendship and love for this old soldier that has really improved the quality of my life and understanding.

I'll skip these excerpts in lieu of the whole story. Thanks for sharing it FB, and Pat.

Maureen Lang

When FB & I were putting this post together as a showcase for Prison Journey, we decided that select excerpts rather than a review would do his memoir the most justice. FB himself very generously took the time & trouble to excerpt chapter passages he felt gave the flavor of the book's content, the tenor of the whole work.

After reading Prison Journey twice through in anticipation of publishing this post on it, may I say that it is not only a compelling page turner, but profoundly moving on a personal level. I'm so glad FB was persuaded to, at long last, tell his story of those turbulent times.

Ali Mirza

I have been a long time follower of Col Lang's site. Discovering you, Brig Ali, was revelatory. I have read your analysis and writings keenly since.

An earlier article "Eulogy on the Death of a Nation" had captured so authentically some of that impulse that drove earlier generations. Generations who raised me and inspired me as I grew up. These excerpts are beautiful, I hope this book will be available in Pakistan.

Many happy returns on your 85th birthday. :)


Ali Mirza


General Ali, thank you for preserving this bit of history that might well have been lost. My copy is on the way. I am sure your book will find a place of honor in my library.

FB Ali

Ali Mirza,

Thank you. Yes, a publisher has undertaken to bring out the book in Pakistan. I'm hoping it'll be available by the end of March.

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