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Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet

Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet

by Jonathan Green


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On September 30, 2006 gunfire echoed through the thin air near Advance Base Camp on Cho Oyu Mountain. Frequented by thousands of climbers each year, Cho Oyu lies nineteen miles east of Mt. Everest on the border between Tibet and Nepal. To the elite mountaineering community, it offers a straightforward summit — a warm-up climb to her formidable sister. To Tibetans, Cho Oyu promises a gateway to freedom through a secret glacial path: the Nangpa La.

Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of Kelsang Namtso — a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India — by Chinese border guards. Witnessed by dozens of Western climbers, Kelsang's death sparked an international debate over China's savage oppression of Tibet. Adventure reporter Jonathan Green has gained rare entrance into this shadow-land at the rooftop of the world. In his affecting portrait of modern Tibet, Green raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths we go to achieve freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489595
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Jonathan Green has written for the New York Times, Men's Journal, Esquire, GQ, the Financial Times Magazine, Men's Health, and the Mail on Sunday, among others. Never shy of demanding assignments, he has reported in war-torn Sudan, the jungles of Borneo, and the ice fields of Alaska. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

1 Songs to the Precious One 1

2 Sacred Vows 11

3 Forged by Mountains 19

4 Escape 27

5 Forbidden Kingdom 43

6 Lhasa 55

7 Turquoise Goddess 65

8 Snakeheads 87

9 City on the Mountain 99

10 The Insider Pass 111

11 Murder of Ravens 129

12 Bardo: The In-Between State 139

13 A Dark Secret 147

14 Captured by the Wujing 161

15 The Responsibility of Enlightenment 167

16 A Lie Uncovered 183

17 Kundun 191

18 Determination 201

19 The Razor's Edge 211

20 The Restless Himalaya 223

21 The Price of Freedom 231

Epilogue 237

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 249

Bibliography 253

Index 257

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