A simple and powerful autobiography. The Dalai Lama's story of exile must serves of course, as a vital historical witness, not only to inhumanity but to compassion as well, not only to betrayal and-treachery but to generosity and faithfulness. '
Angeles Times Book Review
" Compelling...fascinating...eye-opening." -Washington Post Book World
"The prose is clear and engaging, full of subtle implication and humor. His observations of Western culture are poignant. -San Francisco Chronicle
Forthright...often amusing...he has retained much of the freshness of the child s view of what was happening to him, and his account is moving -New York Times Book Review
"An earnest, inspiring, and wholly captivating classic tale of spiritual adventure. With candor, great charm, and good humor, the winner of last year 's Nobel Peace Prize tells his life story." -Kirkus Reviews
His autobiography was waited for, and is worth waiting for." -Chicago Sun-Times
"Throughout his story, told with great humility, the Dalai Lama reveals his obligation both to address the time-honored spiritual needs of his people and to help them deal with the practical considerations of their disrupted lives. Anyone wanting to understand Tibet today will do well to read this priest-king's tale of coping with the ancient and modern worlds that have shaped him." -Chicago Tribune
Freedom in Exile, Dalai Lama, Harper San Francisco, 288 pages, $15.00
Tenzin Gyamtso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935 in a small village called Takster in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, His Holiness was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalaia Lama. He was enthroned at the age of five and assumed full political power in 1950. In 1959, His Holiness was forced into exile and has striven ever since for a peaceful solution to the the Sino-Tibetan crisis. He continually promotes his compassionate approach to life struggles, whether personal or global, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.