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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
Caught in a violent storm and blown far off their intended course, five American airmen — flying the dangerous Himalayan supply route known as "The Hump" — were forced to bail out just seconds before their plane ran out of fuel. To their astonishment, they found they had landed in the heart of Tibet.
The five were among the first Americans ever to enter the Forbidden City and among the last to see it before the Chinese launched their invasion. While in Tibet, the five Americans had to confront what, to them, seemed a bizarre — even alien — people. At the same time, they had to extricate themselves from the political turmoil that even then was raging around Tibet's right to be independent from China.
Lost in Tibet is an extraordinary story of high adventure, cultural conflict, and political intrigue. It also sheds light on the remarkable Tibetan people, just at that moment when they were coming to terms with a hostile outside world.
"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
About the Author
Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt have traveled extensively in some of the more remote parts of the world. 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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