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by Mikel Dunham
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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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
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
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!
Aug 07, 2014 Michal Thoma rated it it was ok · review of another edition
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
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.
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.