Jonathan Mirsky

One Man and His Lama

Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History

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THERE ARE MANY books about Tibet in which the authors’ personal concerns alternate with potted history. Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History is one of the best. Patrick French used to be one of the sturdiest Free Tibet campaigners, but he now thinks the Tibetan exiles should make a deal with Beijing and hope that some day the Chinese reform themselves and allow a revival of Tibetan culture. He doubts ‘whether a free Tibet has any meaning without a free China’.

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