Into Tibet is the incredible story of a 1949-1950 American undercover expedition led by America's first atomic agent, Douglas S. Mackiernan -- a covert attempt to arm the Tibetans and to recognize Tibet's independence months before China invaded. Thomas Laird reveals how the clash between the State Department and the CIA, as well as unguided actions by field agents, hastened the Chinese invasion of Tibet. A gripping narrative of survival, courage, and intrigue among the nomads, princes, and warring armies of inner Asia, Into Tibet rewrites the accepted history behind the Chinese invasion of Tibet. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 25 mm
Edition: First Trade Paper Edition
"Thomas Laird examines a little-known incident in the Cold War and thereby throws a brilliant light upon the character of America's intelligence and foreign-policy organizations of the time....A fascinating, groundbreaking work on a controversial subject about which new readers will be familiar. Packed with vital new information and insights, Into Tibet fills a blank space in the hidden history of the Cold War."
"Laird does an exemplary job of investigating, reporting, and shaping the events and personalities that compose the tragic story."
"Into Tibet brings alive...an event the CIA Would still, more than fifty years later, like to keep quiet."
"Focusing on the heart-stopping details of the expedition itself, Laird gives the now familiar story of callous CIA manipulation an absorbing twist."