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The Art of Exile: Paintings by Tibetan Children in India
by Sarah Lukas (Editor), Kitty Leaken (Photographer), Clare Harris
Listed under Tibetan Art

The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
by Palden Gyatso, et al
If you've ever wondered what it's like to walk in the shoes of a Tibetan monk, you're in for a shocker. Palden Gyatso followed his heart into the monastery at the age of 10 to study under his uncle, also a monk. By his mid-20s, when he should have been preparing for a higher degree, he instead found himself behind the bars of a Chinese communist prison. For the next 30 years, he would endure interrogations, deprivation, starvation, beatings, and psychological torture. When he was finally released in 1992, he fled the country, managing to smuggle out not only the names of his fellow prisoners but Chinese instruments of torture to show the world. With the help of translator Tsering Shakya, Palden Gyatso has crafted his story into a fluid yet surprisingly dispassionate account of his time in prison. Still, it is almost impossible not to be swept along on waves of pity, horror, and compassion as he suffers unspeakably at the hands of his tormentors. To understand the plight of one Tibetan monk is to step behind the eyes of an entire people. Brian Bruya -
Paperback - 256 pages
Grove Press; ISBN: 0802135749

Alchi : Ladakh's Hidden Buddhist Sanctuary : The Sumtsek
by Roger Goepper, Jaroslav Poncar (Photographer), Robert Linrothe, Karl Dasser
Ladahk is separated from Tibet by political boundaries only - the people, landscape, religion and culture are very similar.
Shambhala Publications; ISBN: 157062240X

The CIA's Secret War in Tibet
by James Morrison, Kenneth J. Conboy
Hardcover: 320 pages
Univ Pr of Kansas; ISBN: 0700611592; (April )

Frank Kingdon Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges: Retracing the Epic Journey of 1924-25 in South-East Tibet
by Frank Kingdon Ward, Kenneth Cox
Hardcover from Antique Collectors Club

Freedom in Exile
The autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In this astonishingly frank autobiography, the Dalai Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Communism. 
Listed under Dalai Lama

Initiations and Initiates in Tibet
Listed under Alexandra David-Neel

Into Tibet : The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa
by Thomas Laird
Fought in the remote corners of the world, the cold war had many victims--among them the ancient kingdom of Tibet. China invaded that land in 1950, charging that Tibet was playing into the hands of enemy imperial powers. The Communist government may have had a point, to judge by Thomas Laird's reconstruction of a little-documented CIA mission into Tibet intended at least in part to keep the country's uranium stores from falling into Russian hands. Long disavowed and involving only a handful of agents, the mission also delivered arms to the Tibetan resistance--which, Laird maintains, the CIA funded and supplied until the 1970s, when it abandoned the Tibetan freedom fighters. The mission was a failure on all counts, and the surviving participants were carefully hidden away; half a century later, the CIA "cannot affirm or deny" the existence of leader Douglas Mackiernan, "shot dead on the borders of Tibet and Sinkiang," the first agent to die in a covert operation. Though sometimes disjointed, Laird's eye-opening account probes this forgotten episode, blunders and heroic moments alike. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 320 pages
Grove Press; ISBN: 0802117147;

Mapping the Tibetan World
by Atsushi Kanamaru (Editor)
Highly recommended book on travel in Tibet.
Kotan Publishing

My Journey to Lhasa
by Alexander David-Neel
The memoirs of a stout 55-year-old Frenchwoman who trekked in disguise for four months to become the first Western woman to reach Lhasa.
Listed under Alexandra David-Neel

Return to Tibet
Return to Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer
Paperback - 207 pages
J P Tarcher; ISBN: 0874779251
The Siege of Shangri-La: The Quest for Tibet's Sacred Hidden Paradise
by Michael J. McRae
Hardcover 24 December, 2002
ISBN: 0767904850
Seven Years in Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer
In the 1940s, Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer escaped from a British internment camp in India and walked across the Himalayas. He limped into Lhasa two years later, and spent five years there as an honorary Tibetan. He kept diaries, bartered for an old Leica camera, and took thousands of pictures until he was forced to flee by the Chinese interlopers.
Sky Burial : An Eyewitness Account of China's Brutal Crackdown in Tibet
by Blake Kerr
Paperback - 186 pages (November )
Snow Lion Pubns; ISBN: 1559390808

The Struggle for Modern Tibet : The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering
by William Siebenschuh, et al
Paperback - 220 pages
M.E.Sharpe; ISBN: 0765605090

Tibet : Journey to the Forbidden City : Retracing the Steps of Alexandra David-Neel
by Tiziana Baldizzone, Gianni Baldizzone, Ann Hylands Ghiringhelli, Gianni Baldizonne
Hardcover - 160 pages
Stewart Tabori & Chang; ISBN: 1556705115

by P. Christiaan Klieger

Trespassers on the Roof of the World
Peter Hopkirk
A classic history of western exploration of Tibet. Db.
Paperback: 276 pages
Kodansha International; ISBN: 1568360509; Reprint edition

Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan
by W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Paperback Second edition (September 1969)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195003012

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche
Listed under Buddhism

Tibetan Phrasebook
by Sandup Tsering

Tibetan Portrait : The Power of Compassion
by Phil Borges (Photographer)
Text by the Dalai Lama
Hardcover - 96 pages
Rizzoli Bookstore; ISBN: 0847819574
Tears of Blood: A Cry for Tibet
by Mary Craig
Paperback - 384 pages (October 1, )
Counterpoint Press; ISBN: 1582431027

The Voice That Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival
by Adhe Tapontsang, et al
Paperback - 272 pages (April 1, )
Wisdom Publications; ISBN: 0861711491

A World Away
by Larry Snider
A photography book of portraits done over a 10 year period on trips through China, Tibet, Bhutan and Ladakh. There is an introduction to the book by Sylvia Wolf, the Sandra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Hardcover: 64 pages
Pegasus Publishing Company; ISBN: 0970938802; (May 15, )

The Venerable Tibetan Mastiff
by Max Siber, Cathy J. Flamholtz (Introduction)
Listed under Mastiffs

The World of the Dalai Lama : An Inside Look at His Life, His People, and His Vision
by Gill Farrer-Halls
A coffee-table book that is more than just pretty pictures, The World of the Dalai Lama challenges the mind as much as it delights the eye. On one level, it is a gorgeous mosaic of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and Tibetan Buddhism; on another level, it is a sincere introduction to the religion, society, and plight of Tibetan Buddhism. Gill Farrer-Halls, a long-time practitioner of the religion proffers photographs of the Dalai Lama at 3 and 5 years of age, of a soldier raising the Chinese flag over Tibet, and of Westerners studying in Dharamsala as early as 1970. More recent photographs are of child tulkus, religious rituals, and the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Prize. Farrer-Halls also includes a special interview with the Dalai Lama and excerpts from his writings and talks. The World of the Dalai Lama is a grand tour of a uniquely compelling universe.
Hardcover - 160 pages 1st Quest edition (April )
Theosophical Publishing House; ISBN: 0835607682

Trans-Himalayan Traders: Economy, Society, and Culture in Northwest Nepal
by James F. Fisher
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A Guide to Tibet
by Elisabeth B. Booz.
Paperback - 248 pages 3rd edition
Passport Books; ISBN: 0844294551
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To the Navel of the World
by Peter Somerville-Large
Hardcover (October 1988)
Hamish Hamilton; ISBN: 0241121086
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Kailas, on Pilgrimage to the Sacred Mountain of Tibet
by Russell Johnson and Kerry Moran
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Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines : Or Seven Books of Wisdom of the Great Path
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Cultural History of Tibet
by Snellgrove and Richardson.
Paperback - 309 pages Reprint edition
Shambhala Pubns; ISBN: 1570621020
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Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer & Galen Rowell.
A collection of hundreds of previously unpublished intimate photographs of the Lhasa that used to be. With an explanatory text written in the same unpretentious prose that made Seven Years so popular, this paean to the Lhasa Harrer knew is beautiful and irreplaceable. 
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Tibet Handbook
Chan, Victor Moon Publications, California 1994
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