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Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane and a Will to Survive Paperback – 1 May 2006
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"This book tells about an incident that has been hidden for too many years. It's a fascinating adventure that stands out from all the other wartime experiences I have heard about."--Charles Martin, former "Hump" pilot"This book will be fascinating to anyone even casually interested in the politics of my country."--Losang Gyatso, Tibetan artist and actor"A well-rendered story of WWII action and adventure, one with plenty of twists and operational pointers for future warriors."--"Kirkus Reviews""Authors Starks and Murcutt absorbingly recount the political conquest of Tibet through the story of these five young men's unwitting embroilment in an international incident and their extraordinary journey home.""--Publishers Weekly" online"""This is a fine story of courage and diplomacy that presents invaluable information on a little-known theater of WWII and insight into the Tibet-China political situation.""--Booklist""This is a 'must-read' for mountaineers and history buffs alike. I was absorbed and moved."--Amanda Daflos, Director, Special Projects, International Mountain Explorers Connection
Caught in a violent storm and blown far off their intended course, five American airmen - flying the dangerous Himalayan supply route known as "The Hump" - were forced to bail out just seconds before their plane ran out of fuel. To their astonishment, they found they had landed in the heart of Tibet. The five were among the first Americans ever to enter the Forbidden City and among the last to see it before the Chinese launched their invasion. While in Tibet, the five Americans had to confront what, to them, seemed a bizarre - even alien - people. At the same time, they had to extricate themselves from the political turmoil that even then was raging around Tibet's right to be independent from China. "Lost in Tibet" is an extraordinary story of high adventure, cultural conflict, and political intrigue. It also sheds light on the remarkable Tibetan people, just at that moment when they were coming to terms with a hostile outside world. It is a classic tale of World War II, and an extraordinary story of high adventure.See all Product description
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The airmen were Americans and as I read the book I was subconsciously thinking of how a British account of a similar near-disaster might read. It is a good read and gives a very interesting view of the political factions and sensitivities in Tibet well before there was a communist regime in China.