Into Tibet by Thomas Laird
The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa

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Into Tibet is the incredible story of a 1949-1950 American undercover expedition led by America's first atomic agent, Douglas S. Mackiernan -- a covert attempt to arm the Tibetans and to recognize Tibet's independence months before China invaded. Thomas Laird reveals how the clash between the State Department and the CIA, as well as unguided actions by field agents, hastened the Chinese invasion of Tibet. A gripping narrative of survival, courage, and intrigue among the nomads, princes, and warring armies of inner Asia, Into Tibet rewrites the accepted history behind the Chinese invasion of Tibet. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.

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Laird has published short stories in numerous American literary magazines. For twenty years he has been teaching creative writing and literature in central Illinois, where he lives.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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An initially promising but poorly executed exposé of Cold War spookery in the high Himalayas.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Into Tibet: The CIA's First A...

With his hero killed before getting to Tibet, Laird's story has less to do with Tibet than with the challenge of finding evidence about CIA operations, and he makes clear how the cruel imperatives of secrecy left Mackiernan's widow and twin daughters with only the pension of a vice consul.

Jan 06 2018 | Read Full Review of Into Tibet: The CIA's First A...

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