STEPHAN TALTY is a widely published journalist who has contributed to the "New York Times Magazine," "GQ," "Men's Journal," "Time Out New York," "Details," and many other publications. He is the author of the bestselling "Empire of Blue Water," "The Illustrious Dead," and "Mulatto America."
"Skillful...Talty has woven a vivid picture of a dangerous journey and a country in crisis."--"Publishers Weekly" "Riveting, informed...A great read for Tibetophiles old and new."--"Kirkus Reviews" "It was perhaps history's most momentous escape: the Dalai Lama fleeing over the roof of the world from Mao's advancing troops. I loved losing myself in ESCAPE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS and you will too."--James Bradley, New York Times bestseller author of FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, FLYBOYS, and THE IMPERIAL CRUISE "An amazing, behind-the-scenes account that reads like a bound-for-the-big-screen thriller. Talty vividly captures the Tibet I know and have immense respect for -- including its harsh beauty, epic terrain and fiercely resilient people. Reading this, I was completely absorbed as a series of divine prophecies cause a small peasant boy - the future 14th Dalai Lama -- to be chosen to lead his people, and as threats from marauding Chinese occupiers send that same boy, now a young man, on a dangerous gauntlet through the Himalayas. Talty shows in the most compulsively readable way how a champion for peace came by his warrior instincts."--Ed Viesturs, 7-Time climber of Mt. Everest and author of NO SHORTCUTS TO THE TOP: CLIMBING THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAKS "ESCAPE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS reads like a great adventure yarn, yet along the way Talty helps us see the Dalai Lama not as statesman or symbol, but as a courageous and terrified young man forced to undergo one of history's most remarkable and unlikely transformations. We watch as a cloistered, teenage monk is thrust onto the world stage, finds himself in the path of Mao's juggernaut, and then rises -- beyond all expectations -- to the monumental task before him. This wonderfully rich narrative should be required reading for anyone who cares about Tibet, the Dalai Lama, or the power of spiritual integrity."--by Greg Mortensen, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller THREE CUPS OF TEA and