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In the towering mountains of northern India, a chilling chapter was written in the history of international espionage.

After the Chinese detonated their first nuclear test in 1964, America and India, which had just fought a border war with its northern neighbor, were both justifiably concerned. The CIA knew it needed more information on China's growing nuclear capability but had few ways of peeking behind the Bamboo Curtain. Because of the extreme remoteness of Chinese testing grounds, conventional surveillance in this pre-satellite era was next to impossible.

The solution to this intelligence dilemma was a joint American-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensing device on a high Himalayan peak in order to listen into China and monitor its missile launches. It was not a job that could be carried out by career spies, requiring instead the special skills possessed only by accomplished

mountaineers. For this mission, cloaks and daggers were to be replaced by crampons and ice axes.

Spies in the Himalayas chronicles for the first time the details of these death-defying expeditions sanctioned by U.S. and Indian intelligence, telling the story of clandestine climbs and hair-raising exploits. Led by legendary Indian mountaineer Mohan S. Kohli, conqueror of Everest, the mission was beset by hazardous climbs, weather delays, aborted attempts, and even missing radioactive materials that may or may not still pose a contamination threat to Indian rivers.

Kept under wraps for over a decade, these operations came to light in 1978 and have been long rumored among mountaineers, but here are finally given book-length treatment. Spies in the Himalayas provides an inside look at a CIA mission from participants who weren't agency employees, drawing on diaries from several of the climbers to offer impressions not usually recorded in covert operations. A host of photos and maps puts readers on the slopes as the team attempts repeatedly to plant the sensor on a Himalayan summit.

An adventure story as well as a new chapter in the history of espionage, this book should appeal to readers who enjoyed Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and to anyone who enjoys a great spy story.

Synopsis:

A dramatic and richly detailed account of a joint American-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensing device at the top of the world—in order to monitor Chinese missile launches shortly after the Chinese had detonated their first nuclear test. Combining a major espionage operation with hair-raising mountaineering exploits in an extraordinarily hostile environment, the story is co-authored by legendary Indian mountaineer M.S. Kohli, conqueror of Mt. Everest and the man in charge of the joint mission.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-222) and index.

Synopsis:

Legendary Indian climber M. S. Kohli and historian Kenneth Conboy chronicle for the first time the clandestine operations, dangers, and mishaps that formed a joint U.S.-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensor high in the Himalayas to monitor China's growing nuclear capabilities.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue

1. Almost Heaven

2. Convergent Minds

3. McKinley

4. Nanda Devi

5. Members and Friends

6. Camp Four

7. Nanda Devi Redux

8. Mutiny

9. Moraine Camp

10. Nanda Kot

11. The Dome

12. Whipsawed

13. Cathedral in Ice

14. Satellite Options

15. Media Blitz

Epilogue

Appendix

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700612239
Author:
Kohli, M. S.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Author:
Conboy, Kenneth J.
Author:
Conboy, Kenneth
Author:
Kohi, M. S.
Author:
Kohli, Mohan S.
Location:
Lawrence
Subject:
General
Subject:
India
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Himalaya mountains
Subject:
Espionage, American
Subject:
Electronic intelligence.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
United States Military relations India.
Subject:
India Military relations United States.
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Military - General
Series:
Modern War Studies
Series Volume:
no. 116
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.52x6.34x.98 in. 1.19 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700612239 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A dramatic and richly detailed account of a joint American-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensing device at the top of the world—in order to monitor Chinese missile launches shortly after the Chinese had detonated their first nuclear test. Combining a major espionage operation with hair-raising mountaineering exploits in an extraordinarily hostile environment, the story is co-authored by legendary Indian mountaineer M.S. Kohli, conqueror of Mt. Everest and the man in charge of the joint mission.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-222) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Legendary Indian climber M. S. Kohli and historian Kenneth Conboy chronicle for the first time the clandestine operations, dangers, and mishaps that formed a joint U.S.-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensor high in the Himalayas to monitor China's growing nuclear capabilities.
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