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 thin air on Cho Oyu Mountain. Climbers preparing to summit watched in horror as Chinese guards fired at a group of Tibetans en route to India, executing Kelsang Namtso--a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun trying to escape religious persecution--in cold blood. The climbers had caught undeniable proof of the violent oppression Tibetans face in China on tape. Would they reveal what they had seen and captured on film, and likely lose the chance to climb in China again, or remain silent? In this affecting portrait of modern Tibet, adventure reporter Jonathan Green introduces us to the disparate band of seekers and survivors who converged at the rooftop of the world on this fateful morning, as he seeks an answer for this woman's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489595
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,095,227
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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