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Buddha's Warriors

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  86 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Buddha's Warriors is the first book that brings to life Tibet before the Chinese communist invasions and depicts the transition of peaceful monks to warriors with the help of the CIA. Tibet in the last sixty years has been so much mystified and politicized that the world at large is confused about what really happened to the ""Rooftop of the World"" when Mao Tse-tung invad ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published December 29th 2004 by Tarcher
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Ténzom
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of us who had scant knowledge of the incredible resistance movement our forefathers took up in response to the Chinese occupation, this book is quite literally an eye-opener. There is so much we owe to the many men and women who refused to simply surrender their land, culture and way of life to the Chinese, and selflessly put their lives on the line to preserve our freedom. More than we care to give thought to today it seems. Buddha's Warriors is filled with interviews and first-hand a ...more
Nick
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tragic tale of the Chinese destruction of the peaceful Buddhist land of Tibet and its people has never been more clearly told than in this book. I've been familiar with the story for many years; I read the story of the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1959 when I was a boy and was captivated by it. But I only knew pieces; Buddha's Warriors has the full measure of the tragedy. Dunham weaves together the geopolitics, the moment-to-moment events of the late '50s, and first-person narratives fr ...more
Kirstin
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was inspired to read more about TIbet's history after meeting the Dalai Lama this past month. As a triad, "Buddha's Warriors", "Murder in the High HImalayas" and "Seven Years in Tibet" paint a new historical picture for me that highlights there is not just one person to blame. Fairly complicated what has brought Tibet to this point of Chinese domination and, as usual, money plays a key role even among the devout!
Carolyn
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not to use blank words or anything, but this was a super interesting book. Does a great job of complexifying the Chino-Tibetan-Dalai Lama issue.
Michal Thoma
I stopped reading this book after few pages. I realized this is not honest and studied non-fiction. Instead of studying subject "sine ira et studio" this book is more a celebration of the Tibetan resistance. But as the matter of fact, this resistance was a quiet controversial issue, but I realized this book will not present different views and contesting accounts. I will have to look for another book on the issue, probably Carol McGranahan's Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a ...more
Christopher
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I had NO idea that the CIA supported the Tibetan resistance. This book was an eye opener. Not only did I not know about the CIA involvement, I was unaware of the extent of the resistance itself. What is surprising is how American foreign policy toward China profoundly affected the course of Tibetan history. At times, the book felt like it was glossing over some aspects, hence the 4 stars. However, I think the book is WELL worth the time to read.
Lisa
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have knowledge of the Dalai Lamas - all 14. This book rounded out my knowledge of Tibetans, their suffering. I was familiar with some but not all the horrors of Mao, the PLA and the continued repression. I cried. I ache inside when I think of what happened - still happens!- in Tibet. How little the world really knows.
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E. Kahn
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Downright homoerotic hero-worship, suspect sources. Could not get through it.
Colin
Mar 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great interviews by the author and a story that documents one of the great overlooked (in my view) human rights tragedies of the 20th century...
Palden
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A complete untold story of Tibetan freedom fighters and their undying loyalty to the Tibetan government and his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Truly Inspiring and rare story1
Rinchen Nargolwala
A must read for all Tibetans..
Oreo
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
had no idea there was even a resistance, insightful book
B
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book. Now.
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