Synopses & Reviews
In the page-turning tradition of Black Hawk Down, the definitive account of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
Mumbai, 2008. On the night of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked targets throughout the city, including the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the worldand#8217;s most exclusive luxury hotels. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds were held hostage as shots rang out and an enormous fire raged. When the smoke cleared, thirty-one people were dead and many more had been injured. Only the courageous actions of staff and guestsand#151;including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Binny Kangand#151;prevented a much higher death toll.
With a deep understanding of the region and its politics and a narrative flair reminiscent of Midnight in Peking, journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly unfold the tragic events in a real-life thriller filled with suspense, tragedy, history, and heroism.
and#8220;Meticulously researched, beautifully written and an unstoppable read. This is not your ordinary thriller.and#8221; Ahmed Rashid, author of Descent into Chaos
and#8220;A heart-pounding read and an investigative tour de force, The Siege is an essential primer on terror in the 21st Century. As it dissects the 2008 attack on Mumbai, The Siege shows where mass-murderers come from, how they think and what it is like to be caught in the cross-hairs of their madness.and#8221; and#8211; Blaine Harden, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Camp 14
and#8220;Totally unputdownable, utterly absorbing and#8211; Scott-Clark and Levyand#8217;s minute-by-minute account of the 2008 attacks on one of the worldand#8217;s most vibrant cities humanizes the tragedy more than any rolling news coverage ever could. Here we have victims, hostages, police and terrorists before us; their every fateful action and decision explained and#8211; the moments of sheer chaos as well as, the crucial seconds of clarity and the absurdity of those 68 horrific hours. But, perhaps more importantly, The Siege evocatively captures the atmosphere of the city under unparalleled onslaught as ordinary Mumbaikars looked on as their cityand#8217;s major landmark burned.and#8221; and#8211; Paul French, author of the Edgar Award-winning Midnight in Peking
The national bestselling masterpiece of investigative journalism that answers the question of what happened to the world's greatest lost treasure.
One of mankind's greatest treasures, the Amber Room stood as a symbol of Russian glory for over 200 years. But after the Nazi invasion, it was never seen again. Now, in a masterpiece of detection, two investigative journalists reveal what happened to the most valuable lost treasure in the world--and why the truth has been withheld for so long. Photos & illustrations.
About the Author
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are internationally renowned investigative journalists who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for the Sunday Times of London for seven years before joining the Guardian as senior correspondents. Their first book, The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade, was published to critical acclaim in 2001.
Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are internationally renowned investigative journalists who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for the Sunday Times of London for seven years before joining the Guardian as senior correspondents. Their first book, The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade, was published to critical acclaim in 2001.