Here's a new book reviewed in BOOKLIST about the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet. The review makes the book sound very interersting.
Escape from the Land of Snows: The Young Dalai Lama's Harrowing Flight to Freedom and the Making of a Spiritual Hero.
By Stephan Talty.
Jan. 2011. 320p. illus. Crown, $26 (9780307460950). 294.3.
In spite of the Dalai Lama's great renown, the complete story of the brutal events that forced him into exile is not widely known. 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. 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. Drawing on riveting first-person accounts of the subsequent battles and providing startling political revelations, Talty chronicles the resourceful Tibetan resistance and the Dalai Lama's perilous horseback escape to India through treacherous mountain passes, blizzards, sandstorms, torrential rain, hunger, and illness. Talty's portrait of the young Dalai Lama is nuanced and compelling; his account of the CIA's involvement is thriller ready; and his unique coverage of the news frenzy and shenanigans that ensued as the fleeing Dalai Lama became a cold war hero is fascinating. Talty is also acutely attuned to the tragedy and grace of the Dalai Lama's long exile as the revered leader continues to bring his message of compassion to the world. Donna Seaman
Young Adult /Middle Reader: Teens interested in the Dalai Lama and able to face hard facts about war will learn a lot from this suspenseful account. DS.