Escape from the land of snows : The Young Dalai Lama's Harrowing Flight to Freedom and the Making of a Spiritual Hero. / Stephan Talty.
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- ISBN: 9780307712554 (sound recording)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (7 audio files) : digital
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2011.
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Narrator: Shishir Kurup.
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...
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