At different times in its history Tibet has been renowned for pacifism and martial prowess, enlightenment and cruelty. The Dalai Lama may be the only religious leader who can inspire the devotion of agnostics. Patrick French has been fascinated by Tibet since he was a teenager. He has read its history, agitated for its freedom, and risked arrest to travel through its remote interior. His love and knowledge inform every page of this learned, literate, and impassioned book.
Talking with nomads and Buddhist nuns, exiles and collaborators, French portrays a nation demoralized by a half-century of Chinese occupation and forced to depend on the patronage of Western dilettantes. He demolishes many of the myths accruing to Tibet–including those centering around the radiant figure of the Dalai Lama. Combining the best of history, travel writing, and memoir, Tibet, Tibet is a work of extraordinary power and insight.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DreamingTikay - LibraryThing
Great book on Tibet although there may be a somewhat biased view about Dalai...for whatever reason. The promoting of books about Tibet, seems to be a thorn in the side of this author. I believe Tibets ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cajela - LibraryThing
Fascinating and horrifying and depressing, this is about actual real Tibet, not the magical mystical Tibet of the popular western imagination. The history of Tibet in the 20th century is framed by the ... Read full review