Murder In The High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet

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On September 30, 2006 gunfire echoed through the thin air near Advance Base Camp on Cho Oyu Mountain. Frequented by thousands of climbers each year, Cho Oyu lies nineteen miles east of Mt. Everest on the border between Tibet and Nepal. To the elite mountaineering community, it offers a straightforward summit - a warm-up climb to her formidable sister. To Tibetans, Cho Oyu promises a gateway to freedom through a secret glacial path: the Nangpa La. Murder in the High Himalaya is the unforgettable account of the brutal killing of Kelsang Namtso - a seventeen-year-old Tibetan nun fleeing to India - by Chinese border guards. Witnessed by dozens of Western climbers, Kelsang's death sparked an international debate over China's savage oppression of Tibet. Adventure reporter Jonathan Green has gained rare entrance into this shadow-land at the rooftop of the world. In his affecting portrait of modern Tibet, Green raises enduring questions about morality and the lengths we go to achieve freedom.

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Award-winning journalist Jonathan Green has written for the New York Times, Men's Journal, Esquire, GQ, The Financial Times Magazine, Men's Health, and The Mail on Sunday, among others. Never shy of demanding assignments, he has reported in war-torn Sudan, the jungles of Borneo, and the ice fields of Alaska. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife.


Shelf Awareness  “A shattering tale that will appeal to readers of all things about Tibet, mountaineering, human rights and the preservation of cultural integrity.”   The Bookseller  “A gripping tale of routine murder that would have gone unreported but for the fact that a group of Western clumbers were silent witnesses to the killing of a young Tibetan woman attempting to cross the border into India.”   Mikel Dunham, author of Buddha’s Warriors  “Once in a while, a book comes along that transcends its region-specific subject matter and addresses universal questions with calm moral clarity. Murder in the High Himalaya is such a book. It is a mesmerizing alpine adventure of horrifying consequences, a sober look at China’s crimes against humanity, and a reality check on the so-called heroics of Westerners who belong to the elite mountaineering community.”   Macleans  "... a tale, spun wonderfully in Green's morally ambiguous account... Who spoke out and who did not, and why, is at the heart of one of the most unsettling books of recent years."

Pamphlet  "It is a gripping story, masterfully told.... This story is much bigger than the incident that occurred on 9/30. It is much bigger than Tibet itself. It is above all a story of power, politics and fear."   Economist  “By personalising Namtso’s life and death, Mr Green has conjured in the flesh an otherwise anonymous figure from Tibet’s shadows”    Daily Beast  “Brilliantly told.... Captivating.”

Los Angeles Times "Jonathan Green's descriptions of the scenery of the High Plateau are breathtaking..."

Palm Beach Arts Paper
"Riveting..... Jonathan Green has meticulously reconstructed events surrounding Kelsang's life and death. His well-written account will hook readers from the first page."

The Spectator "A word is missing from the subtitle of Jonathan Green's shocking exposé: cowardice...recounts vividly and with scrupulous attention to evidence... In this book he shows himself to be a first-class reporter."

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