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e-Book Escape from the Land of Snows: The Young Dalai Lama's Harrowing Flight to Freedom and the Making of a Spiritual Hero download

by Stephan Talty

ISBN: 0307460967
ISBN13: 978-0307460967
Language: English
Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
Pages: 320
Category: Historical
Subategory: Memoris

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Eric Swanson on Escape from the Land of Snows. Talty takes readers back to 1950, when the Dalai Lama was a 15-year-old sheltered monk in Lhasa as China invaded with 80,000 seasoned troops, confronting a poorly equipped Tibetan army of 8,500.

Eric Swanson on Escape from the Land of Snows. Eric Swanson is co-author of the New York Times bestselling The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. The Dalai Lama abruptly ascended to the throne and for nine years struggled to protect his people. Finally, Mao unleashed the full force of his mass terror on Tibet, igniting a courageous uprising.

Eric Swanson on Escape from the Land of Snows

Eric Swanson on Escape from the Land of Snows. I felt I was right there, watching the emotional and spiritual transformation of a child plucked from obscurity to become an international icon. Yet it is during this epic flight that the transformation of the young Dalai Lama’s character-–through stages of exhilaration, fear, anger, despair, and finally, exhausted yet triumphant relief-–feels most intensely personal.

His mind made up, the young Dalai Lama set off on his audacious journey to India while behind him a Chinese army rolled over Lhasa, its advance hunter patrols in fierce pursuit of the man they most coveted. The 14th’s escape was an act of daring and defiance that represented Tibet’s last hope, and so the world watched, transfixed, as the gentle monk’s journey unfolded

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The Dalai Lama's minders sent word to the Tibetan rebels and CIA-trained guerrillas who waited on the route: His Holiness must escape-at all costs.

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On the evening of March 17, 1959, as the people of Tibet braced for a violent power grab by Chinese occupiers—one that would forever wipe out any vestige of national sovereignty—the twenty-four-year-old Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political and spiritual leader, contemplated the impossible. The task before him was immense: to slip past a cordon of crack Chinese troops ringing his summer palace and, with an escort of 300, journey across the highest terrain in the world and over treacherous Himalayan passes to freedom—one step ahead of pursuing Chinese soldiers.Mao Zedung, China’s ruthless Communist dictator, had pinned his hopes for total Tibetan submission on controlling the impressionable Dalai Lama. So beloved was the young ruler—so identified with his country’s essence—that for him to escape might mean perpetual resistance from a population unwilling to tolerate an increasingly brutal occupation. The Dalai Lama’s minders sent word to the Tibetan rebels and CIA-trained guerrillas who waited on the route: His Holiness must escapeat all costs.In many ways, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was unprepared for the epic journey awaiting him. Twenty-two years earlier, government search parties, guided by prophecies and omens, had arrived at the boy’s humble peasant home and subjected the two-year-old to a series of tests. After being declared the reincarnation of Tibet’s previous ruler, the boy was brought to Lhasa to learn the secrets of Buddhism and the ways of ultimate power. Forced in the ensuing two decades to cope with aching loneliness and often stifling ritual—and compelled to suppress his mischievous personality—Gyatso eventually proved himself a capable leader. But no previous Dalai Lama had ever taken on a million Communist Chinese soldiers bent on stamping out Tibetan freedom.To keep his country’s dream of independence alive by means of a government in exile, the young ruler would not only have to brave battalions of enemy soldiers and the whiteout conditions waiting on the slopes of the Himalayas’ highest peaks, he’d have to overcome a different type of blindness: the naïveté intrinsic to his sheltered palace life and his position as leader of a people who considered violence deeply taboo. His mind made up, the young Dalai Lama set off on his audacious journey to India while behind him a Chinese army rolled over Lhasa, its advance hunter patrols in fierce pursuit of the man they most coveted. The 14th’s escape was an act of daring and defiance that represented Tibet’s last hope, and so the world watched, transfixed, as the gentle monk’s journey unfolded. Emotionally powerful and irresistibly page-turning, Escape from the Land of Snows is simultaneously a portrait of the inhabitants of a spiritual nation forced to take up arms in defense of their ideals, and the saga of an initially childlike ruler who at first wore his monk’s robes uncomfortably but was ultimately transformed by his escape into the towering figure the world knows today—a charismatic champion of free thinking and universal compassion.From the Hardcover edition.
Comments:
MarF
This book will keep you interested from beginning to end. The story is captivating in respects to imminent danger lurking around every turn as His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeks to flee to India. You literally sense the fear and anger of the Tibetans and they face the Chinese invaders. You feel the courage displayed in the hearts of those Tibetans who are now forcefully reduced to that of a "lesser" human being by the Chinese as they rise up to challenge their oppressors only to be beat down or worse.

As well written as this book is, the need for citations would have been a very welcomed addition to the book. It reads more like a novel than it does a historical account of events which is a different approach than I am used to. However, the need to cite the sources formally should have been done to preserve authenticity of the the work.

Runeterror
Nice to understand the events leading up to the release of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Writing is okay, but not great. Still, once it got going, it held my interest.

Vudogal
This is a long awaited book that appears to have had a large amount of research behind it with no attempt at fact checking or attempt for internal consistency. It is written as an as an adventure saga weaving together sources and accounts of what happened when the Chinese communists overran Tibet and the Dalai Lama escaped into India and a few events thereafter. Much is written as first person recall by "witnesses."
Tibet was a peaceful country that excluded outsiders after the attempted British invasion and was backward, semi-feudal in nature with significant inequities, and sectarianism, but was peaceful and most people despite living a very hard life were happy. It was complacency and ineptitude more than anything else that prevented them from keeping the Chinese out or turning them back during the initial invasion. The final nail in Tibet's casket was its guerilla fighters being abandoned by the CIA after Nixon decided trade with China was more important than human rights and Tibet. Nepal sided with the Chinese to avoid invasion by the Chinese, and India didn't want to anger its militant neighbor by supporting the Tibetan cause, which would prove to be to its own detriment.
Some things are just purely erroneous such as stating Mongolia was under Communist Chinese rule.( Mongolia is autonomous and was previously under Soviet influence. Stalin destroyed the majority on Monasteries in Mongolia which also was a Buddhist country.), Grossly understating the population of Preinvasion Tibet-using a figure of 2 million when it was 6 million plus, underestimating the causalities and the destruction by the Chinese . Over 1 million Tibetans killed and 99.9 % of Tibetan monasteries ransacked, plundered and destroyed in China's attempts to destroy both the people of Tibet and their culture.
Large amount of this book were lifted straight out of In Exile from the Land of Snows: The Definitive Account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Conquest by Avedon. (They were credited) He even adopted Avedon's writing style. Because the book is so well credited, one could readily accept this book as truth, but clearly there are embellishments and significant errors.
Some things are superfluous to the story and not representative of the Tibetan culture preinvasion but appear to be added for sensationalism such as depicting monasteries as seats of debauchery.
Every book should have a purpose. I am not sure what the purpose of this book is. Perhaps to bring the plight of Tibet to the average reader. The most enlightening part of the book is Talky's description of his own trip to Tibet.
The interested reader should use this book as a starting point, but should read more primary sources and not take this as gospel truth. I will append some of those sources at a later time.
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Saberdragon
As a real-life adventure story, this book has potential -- a frightened and innocent adolescent narrowly escapes a murderous and cruel gang of government thugs, in an exotic backdrop of a place and culture few outsiders will ever experience, with some obscure Cold War intrigue thrown in. The book then provides insight into one of the modern world's most deservedly beloved figures and how this person began to grow into that role. Talty makes a good case that fellow journalists, not government officials, first brought the 1959 Tibetan massacre to public attention. The author writes reasonably well, tells a compelling story, writes with a "you-are-there" voice which makes you want to believe what he says, asks many of the right questions, wisely avoids detouring into Tibet's religious systems, and seems quite objective in assessing the complex historical relationships between the Chinese and the Tibetans (although he makes no secret of his disgust with the astonishing barbarity of the Han Chinese, and gives a depressing picture of a government which has become a world power). Clearly, the Tibetans were surprised by their nightmare, and the Dalai Lama and his inner circle had no choice but to take the arduous trek out of their beloved homeland. Talty reports this was all the more disheartening because so many Tibetans had/have a reverence for the Dalai Lama which postmodern Westerners can scarcely imagine for any of our recent leaders.

Many people treasure the Dalai Lama's apparently reassuring, decent presence. This book reminds us not to take it for granted -- the Dalai Lama could easily have been murdered or imprisoned without a trace, or "re-educated," as many other Tibetan monks and nuns were.

Nevertheless, the book has a major flaw, and that is a limited objective credibility. The Footnotes are relatively few and largely devoid of sources which can be considered completely reliable or scholarly. Neither the author nor his primary direct sources have the credentials of an "expert" on this subject, and the author often relies on the evidence of distant sources or a few eye-witnesses as if they were hard data. This detracts from the book's credibility; my emotional side wanted to believe this book, but I had to remember much of the captivating narrative is pretty darn speculative. Too bad there is not a separate category for such works -- "speculo-history" or "pop-documentary." Thomas Kennealy, who wrote "Schindler's List," had the integrity to call his work a novel, because although it was based mainly on solid facts, the narration was sufficiently vague to take it out of the realm of real history. This type of genre was popularized by people like Bruce Catton and Thomas Wolfe, and even though it brings life to history and may actually be quite accurate, it's frustrating because the author never says what is generally accepted well-documented knowledge and what is simple conjecture.

So ... enjoy this book for the emotive suspense it provides, but be sure to take a grain of salt along with your handkerchief.

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