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Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will to Surviveby Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt
Synopses & Reviews
Set against the majestic yet unforgiving Himalayan landscape of World War II Tibet — an unknown and tightly sealed land deeply suspicious of foreigners — Lost In Tibet recounts the taut adventure of five American airmen facing the greatest challenge of their young lives. Hundreds of miles off course and running low on fuel, the airmen bail out of their foundering plane over what they thought was India. Instead, they parachute into the high Himalayan ridges of a Tibet riven with political intrigue and pressed tightly between Westerners involved in a war they didn't understand and Chinese who threatened their very existence. Surviving the parachute drop from the plane was only the airmen's first challenge, and perhaps their easiest. Impeccably researched and well paced, Lost In Tibet tells the previously untold story of the group's struggle to escape back to the relative safety of their base in India.
"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
"It's a good story and an interesting footnote to world history." St. Louis Post Dispatch
"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
Book News Annotation:
In November 1943, five young American airmen took off from Kunming in China for their base at Jorhat in India. They were blown off course, and when their plane ran out of fuel, they bailed out over what turned out to be Tibet. Journalist Starks and editor Murcutt tell the three stories of the physical hardship and struggle, of cultural conflict and incomprehension, and of the political struggle of Tibet to remain independent from China. They do not provide an index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Set against the majestic yet unforgiving Himalayan landscape, "Lost in Tibet" chronicles the adventures of five American airmen stranded during World War II in an unknown and tightly sealed land, with a populace that was deeply suspicious of foreigners.
A doomed mission sets five young Americans in a forbidden and hostile land.
About the Author
Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks have traveled extensively in some of the more remote parts of the world. Among their many expeditions is a walk with pilgrims around the koras of Tibet's greatest monasteries and a trek that followed as much as possible the route taken by the lost airmen of Tibet. They live in Boulder, Colorado.
Table of Contents
1. The Forgotten Theater
2. Hitting the Silk
3.India or China?
4. No Shangri-la
5. The Last Blank on the Map
6. A Wholly Erroneous Conclusion
7. Political Quagmire
9. "This Desolate Lhasa"
10. A Chinese Welcome
11. Gin and Lime?
12. Double Bill
14. The last Word
15. Christmas Eve
16. Dead Men Walking
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