‘Escape from the Land of Snows: The Young Dalai Lama's Harrowing Flight to Freedom and the Making of a Spiritual Hero', follows the story of the 24-year old Dalai Lama who, confronted with overwhelming Chinese political pressure and military might, made his daring journey across the Himalayas in 1959. The book includes interviews with Tibetan Leader the Dalai Lama, his family, survivors of the escape, and CIA agents involved in the covert mission to assist members of the Tibetan volunteer army.
Talty has contributed to prominent publications including the New York Times Sunday magazine, GQ, the Chicago Review and Empire magazine. His previous books have dealt with the famous privateer Captain Henry Morgan, Napoleon's Invasion of Russia, and race relations in the United States.
Praise for his latest book includes the following from bestselling author Greg Mortensen: "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".
‘Escape from the Land of Snows' is due to be released on Jan 18, 2011.