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With the popularity of the Dalai Lama, Tibet is pretty much on the curious list. But no matter the level of interest, not much has been said about Tibet. Which makes Tibet, Tibet a good place to start. Thanks to French’s earlier 1999 visit to Tibet, the book reads like travelogue. Thanks to the interviews he’s had with Tibetans (which were dangerous on their part) Tibet, Tibet has that news-reportage feel. And with discourses on the relations between Tibet and communist China, the book travels a full circle with political analysis. Given all these, French does not romanticize the place. He speaks truthfully and paints Tibet as it is, and not as how travelers want it to be.

About the author
Patrick French was born in England and has written Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which bagged the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize. He also wrote Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division, which earned him the London Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Tibet, Tibet Randomhouse page