The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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Compulsive and brilliantly researched. Reads like a fast-paced thriller (William Dalrymple)
Totally unputdownable, utterly absorbing - a minute-by-minute account of a hotel under onslaught. Here we have hostages, police and terrorists; their every fateful action and decision; the moments of sheer chaos and the crucial seconds of clarity
(Paul French, author of the Dagger and Edgar Award-winning Midnight in Peking)
Meticulously researched, beautifully written: an unstoppable read. This is not your ordinary thriller (Ahmed Rashid, author of Descent into Chaos)
A heart-pounding read and an investigative tour de force, The Siege is an essential primer on terror in the 21st Century. It shows where mass-murderers come from, how they think and what it is like to be caught in the cross-hairs of their madness (Blaine Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14)
Propulsive, intense, exceedingly well-reported . . . a tragedy and a thriller with concussive human and political resonance. I read it in what felt like three blinks (New York Times)
Heartrending, chilling, compelling, astonishing . . . as action-packed as any thriller and so hard to put down that it must surely end up as a movie (Sunday Times)
An investigative masterpiece... so vivid it ought to be a movie (Tina Brown)
About the Author
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are the authors of four books, most recently the acclaimed The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 - Where the Terror Began. For 16 years they worked as foreign correspondents and investigative reporters for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. In 2009 the One World Trust named them British Journalists of the Year, having won Foreign Correspondents of the Year in 2004. They co-produce documentaries which have been nominated at the Amnesty International Media Awards and the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and longlisted at the BAFTAs. Currently they are filming several new projects in South Asia.
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Top Customer Reviews
On 26th November 2008 the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai is besieged by Pakistani Islamists, armed with explosives and machine guns.
For three days, guests and staff of the hotel are trapped as the terrorists run amok.
On 29th November commandos launch Operation Black Tornado. The world holds its breath.
The first thing that struck me was how well researched this book was. Starting with the "Dramatis personae" giving an overview of the people involved and a brief background, including guests, staff and the terrorists themselves, I was immediately right at the heart of the matter - I wanted to find out what happened to all of them. Leading on with a bit of background of the events leading up to the terror attacks, and some information on the hotel, you were left feeling slightly off kilter while you waited for what you knew was coming..
The second thing that struck me was how much this book read as if it was a Thriller - a fast paced one at that - I often had to stop for a moment and remind myself, especially in the more violent moments, that these people were REAL. Everything I was reading actually happened - it was a sobering thought and one that compelled me to read ever onwards. I read this in two days, such was my inability to leave it before I knew the outcome. I had zero knowledge of these events before opening this account - such is the beauty of the writing I now feel almost as if I were there - or at the very least had friends who were.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's like a fiction book. The tragedy of 26/11 sounded like a sad bollywood drama. I wouldn't recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reads like a thriller and gets you into the messy sweaty corners where the survivors hid out. Cracking read-and it actually happened.Published 19 months ago by A M.
It's so easy to get a reports of victims and witnesses of tragedy and make their stories into a book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marcin Lato
Another true life account that allegedly "reads like a thriller" and, for once, this one does. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jim 8888
I loved this book. I remember being obsessed by the Mumbai shootings and watching the news avidly. This book brings it back to life and explains everything so well but also... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Well written, detailed and comprehensive review of the terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal hotel. Highlights failings which allowed attack to take place and poor response of the... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by Sflan