Murder in the High Himalaya by Jonathan Green
Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet

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On September 30, 2006 gunfire echoed through the thin air near Advance Base Camp on Cho Oyu Mountain. Frequented by thousands of climbers each year, Cho Oyu lies nineteen miles east of Mt. Everest on the border between Tibet and Nepal. To the elite mountaineering community, it offers a straightforward summit—a warm-up climb to her formidable sister. To Tibetans, Cho Oyu promises a gateway to freedom through a secret glacial path: the Nangpa La.

Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of Kelsang Namtso—a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India—by Chinese border guards. Witnessed by dozens of Western climbers, Kelsang’s death sparked an international debate over China’s savage oppression of Tibet. Adventure reporter Jonathan Green has gained rare entrance into this shadow-land at the rooftop of the world. In his affecting portrait of modern Tibet, Green raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths we go to achieve freedom.

 

About Jonathan Green

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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.
 
Published May 1, 2010 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In clear, concise prose, the author deliberates over China’s stranglehold on Tibet, its systematic dismantling of the indigenous culture and the terror tactics employed on families like Dolma’s, who were frightfully roused in the night by the Chinese officials known for randomly inspecting the ho...

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In 2006, an impulsive, naïve young Tibetan nun and her best friend, both yearning for religious freedom from Chinese rule, joined a group of fellow Tibetans desperate to escape to India, where the Dal

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And while the film - the first footage of anti-Tibetan murders by Chinese occupiers since the 1950s - is a bullet to the head of the public opinion of China, so this book records all the echoes of the gunshot, as by the end we find just what a tortuous journey our author had to get the complete a...

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The Tibetans, like Dolma, faced the threat that if they talked, their families in Tibet could be arrested or killed, and that they would be banished forever from going back to Tibet.

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(from the author’s website) About the book: In 2006, an impulsive, naïve young Tibetan nun and her best friend, both yearning for religious freedom from Chinese rule, joined a group of fellow Tibetans desperate to escape to India, where the Dalai Lama has lived since the 1950 annexation of Tibe...

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