The Story of Tibet

Thomas Laird

RRP: £9.99

14 June 2007

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843541455

This book records the first time the Dalai Lama has spoken at length about the story of Tibet.Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird had eighteen personal audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, intimate interviews that covered His Holiness’s beliefs about history, science, reincarnation, and Buddhism. Laird brings his meetings with the Dalai Lama to life in a vibrant historical narrative that outlines the essence of thousands of years of civilization, myth and spirituality.

Laird explores with the Dalai Lama Tibet’s relations with the Mongols; the Golden Age under the Great Fifth Dalai Lama; Tibet’s years under Manchu overlords; the four decades of modern independence in the early half of the twentieth century; and finally the Dalai Lama’s meetings with Mao-Tse Tung, just before His Holiness fled into exile in 1959.

The Story of Tibet is the Dalai Lama’s personal look at his country’s past, and also a summation of a life’s work as the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.


Deeply absorbing... Laird brilliantly weaves together the disparate strands of politics and religion... What emerges is a figure of extraordinary resilience, equanimity, and optimism... A valuable and fascinating addition to the canon.Mick Brown
Daily Telegraph

Remarkable... The Dalai Lama emerges from this book more fully and, if I may say, more as a human being than from most of the dozens of other books in which he appears.Jonathan Mirsky
Literary Review

Thomas Laird captures the beauty, the magnificence, the humour of this world spiritual leader.James Lilley, former U.S. Ambassador to China and South Korea