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My Family, My Self

by Comunidades

Latinos immigrating into the United States bring with them their rich, unique cultural values and practices, with one constant being the celebration of and reliance on family. Family members find strength and support in the well defined roles and expectations passed down over many generations. This can provide a safe haven for individuals finding their way in the fast paced, competitive American culture where, in addition to the language barriers, different attitudes toward personal issues like dating and relationships, alcohol and drug use, parenting, and the role of elders can cause conflict and confusion and threaten the stability of family life.For over thirty years, the professionals at CLUES have worked with Latinos and their families to provide support and guidance in navigating the many psychological, social, and cultural challenges they face in adapting to their new environment. In this book, experts from different disciplines across this nationally recognized organization, share their practical wisdom--a combination of cultural sensitivity and knowledge and current behavioral health expertise--to produce a friendly, accessible guide to emotional health for Latinos. With a focus on family throughout, including success stories from a variety of Latino families, readers will find useful and inspiring information on: Understanding the importance of emotions, intimacy and communication in personal relationships Finding strength in cultural and family traditions as roles and expectations change Key stages of life issues such as parenting, gender identity, and aging Avoiding alcohol and drug abuse and getting help should this become a problem Contributing to family and society through work and career, education, and developing financial stability The importance of spirituality and moral values in maintaining a sense of personal and family well-beingSelected key passages are bi-lingual.

Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity

by Joani Gammill

"Guiding readers with the same passion and honesty that she has brought to our show, Joani offers hard-earned insightsinto the complex world of opiate addiction."-Dr. Phil McGrawRecovery from prescription painkiller or heroin addiction can feel impossible, especially considering that those who have gone through typical twenty-eight-day treatment programs often experience relapses and sometimes even fatal overdoses. But there is hope.In Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity, recovering addict and prominent interventionist Joani Gammill offers a radically effective approach for those struggling with opiate addiction, sharing sometimes controversial tips that have worked for others who are in long-term recovery.Gammill examines the science behind the low numbers of people sustaining recovery from the disease of opiate addiction. Tapping the pioneering work of treatment professionals whose new approaches are changing the way we think about opiate addiction, she offers practical steps for creating a realistic and effective recovery plan.Gammill affirms that recovery from opiate addiction is a process, not an event. This honest and trustworthy guide reveals that, although it may not happen in one detox or treatment experience, a healthy, drug-free life is possible

Girlfriend of Bill

by Karen Nagy

Being in a new relationship is hard enough, but if the person you're dating is a recovering alcoholic or addict, there may be more to consider than just mutual interests and attraction. For Karen Nagy, dating a recovering alcoholic felt, in some ways, like she was seeing someone "from another planet"-with his own language, culture, and social behaviors.With humor, compassion, and a great respect for what it takes to recover from an addiction, this first-of-its-kind field guide offers an "inside scoop" on what people do in all those Twelve Step meetings, why they need a sponsor, what is a sponsor and why phrases like "Live and Let Live" and "Easy Does It" keep creeping into your conversations. Nagy offers twelve key points that you need to know about dating a person in recovery. She also helps you identify the warning signs of developing your own codependent tendencies by playing into your partner's addictive thinking and behavior- and what to do about it.By gaining a greater understanding of your companion's recovery program, you can help them stay sober, learn how to deal with character flaws, and also build your confidence in the potential for a healthy, successful relationship.

The Book That Started It All

by Anonymous

An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous, with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians.The Book That Started It All offers fresh insights into the history and foundation of the revolutionary Alcoholics Anonymous program. Reproduced in this elegant gift edition with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians, the original working manuscript is the missing link in our understanding of what transpired between AA founder Bill Wilson's first draft of Alcoholics Anonymous and the first published edition. In January 1939, Wilson and other AA founders distributed 400 copies of his typescript to everyone they could think of "who might be concerned with the problem of alcoholism," to test out the program. As the loan copies were returned, suggestions for revision were considered and written out in colored pencil on one master copy that was eventually submitted for publication.The many changes made in black, green, and red on page after page are shown here in their original form, revealing the opinions, debates, and discussions that went into making the Big Book.

Get Smart About Heroin

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind the dangers of heroin abuse, including the history of heroin and other opiates, its legitimate medical uses, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. With heroin abuse on the rise as prescription painkillers become more tightly regulated, what are the basic facts we need to know about this dangerous and highly addictive drug? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What heroin is and where the entire class of opiates comes fromThe history of heroin's use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of normal use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow heroin works, including its health effects and what makes it so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts

Get Smart About Alcohol

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind alcohol, including its history, its legitimate uses and legal status, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. Although drinking is legal and socially acceptable for adults, alcohol is still one of the most heavily used and abused addictive substances by both adults and young people. In this Hazelden Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short.Topics include:What alcohol is and where various types of liquor comes fromThe history of alcohol's use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of normal use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow alcohol works, including its health effects and what makes it so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for those recovering from substance use disorder

Get Smart About Nicotine

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind the dangers of nicotine and tobacco use, including the history of tobacco, its early medical use, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. With tobacco use as one of the most significant causes of death throughout the world, what are the basic facts we need to know about tobacco and other nicotine-containing products which are legal and available nearly everywhere? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What tobacco is, and the most prevalent products made from itThe history of tobacco's use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow nicotine works, including its health effects and what makes it so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methods, including the increasing availability of e-cigarettesRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts

Get Smart About Marijuana

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind marijuana, including its history and changing legal status, medical uses, signs of abuse and dependence, treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. With changing legal and social attitudes towards marijuana use, both medicinal and recreational, what are the basic facts we need to know about the health effects and potential dangers of marijuana use? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What marijuana is and where the entire cannabis family of drugs come fromThe history of marijuana's use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of normal use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow marijuana works, including its health effects and what makes it so prone to abuse and dependenceIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts

Get Smart About Synthetic Drugs

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind the dangers of synthetic drugs, including bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and other emerging drugs, their chemistry and harmful effects, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. With synthetic drugs like bath salts and synthetic marijuana, as well as other emerging drugs, becoming increasingly available and harder to regulate, what are the basic facts we need to know? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What synthetic drugs are and why they're so difficult for healthcare professionals and authorities to identify and regulateThe history of their use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow the drugs work, including their health effects and what makes them so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts

Get Smart About Prescription Painkiller Abuse

by Publishing Hazelden

Learn the basic facts behind the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse, including the history of opiates, their medical use, signs of addiction and dependence, addiction treatment options, prevention tools for parents, and much more. With prescription painkiller abuse affecting nearly every corner of society, what are the basic facts we need to know about these seemingly safe and legal medications? In this Get Smart Quick Guide, expert resources and information come together in an engaging and accessible e-book short. Topics include:What prescription painkillers are and where the entire class of opiates comes fromThe history of their use and abuseChanging cultural, social, and legal factorsDefinitions of normal use, abuse, and dependence, with information on prevention and advice for parentsHow the drugs work, including their health effects and what makes them so addictiveIntervention and effective treatment methodsRelapse prevention tools for recovering dependents and addicts

Recovery Now

by Anonymous

An accessible basic text written in today's language for anyone guided by the Twelve Steps in their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. For decades people from all over the world have found freedom from addiction-be it to alcohol, other drugs, gambling, or overeating - using the Twelve-Step recovery program first set forth in the seminal book Alcoholics Anonymous. Although the core principles and practices of this invaluable guide hold strong today, addiction science and societal norms have changed dramatically since it was first published in 1939. Recovery Now combines the most current research with the timeless wisdom of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other established Twelve-Step program guides to offer an accessible basic text written in today's language for anyone recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., offers a "doctor's opinion" in the foreword to Recovery Now, outlining the medical advances in addiction treatment, and updating the Big Book's concept of addiction as an allergy to reveal how it is actually a brain disease. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, or religious beliefs, this book can serve either as your guide for recovery, or as a companion and portal to the textbook of your chosen Twelve-Step Program.

Rein In Your Brain

by Victoria Costello Ncac Cynthia Moreno Tuohy Bsw Ncac Cynthia Moreno Tuohy Bsw II

Those in recovery learn to "rein in their brain," ending compulsive behaviors while fostering a more thoughtful lifestyle that ensures long term emotional sobriety.Addiction--whether to mood-altering substances, gambling, sex, or food-- stems in part from an over-reliance on the reward system of a primitive part of the brain that can push us to make poor choices based on an expectation of immediate gratification. Those of us in recovery often struggle with the compulsive thoughts and behaviors that are still programmed in our addictive brains well after the drinking and drugging has stopped. These often play out thoughtlessly in our interactions with others, damaging our relationships and growth as balanced human beings.Rein in Your Brain, by addiction expert Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, offers ten tools for breaking the cycle of impulsivity. These time-tested self-interventions include standing still in the moment, giving up control, not assuming the other person's intent, tolerating differences, accepting emotions without giving them free reign, and differentiating between immediate fear-driven reactions and measured thoughts. By incorporating these tools in your daily interactions, your relationships can move from those of conflict to mutual respect and understanding.

Spanish Is It Love or Is It Addiction

by Brenda Schaeffer D.Min M.A.L.P. C. A. S.

Muchos de nosotros confundimos la infatuación y la obsesión con el amor verdadero. Las dos edicions previas de ¿Es amor o es adicción? han ayudado a mucha gente a encontrar el camino a partir de las tribulaciones y la confusión del amor adictivo hasta lograr relaciones enteras y sanas. Tal como la autora explica, podemos comenzar a trabajar a través de las relaciones dificiles con compasión y con efecto duradero incrementando el conocimiento de las formas de cómo expresamos el amor. En esta tercera edición ampliada, Brenda Schaeffer se inspira en años de retroalimentación y nuevos avances para promover una comprensión de la adicción al amor: qué es o no es, cómo identificarla, y, mucho más importante, como liberarse de ella. Los relatos de personas reales luchando para crear relaciones firmes ilustran las características de un amor sano y ayudan a los lectores a liberarse para encontrar una verdadera intimidad. Incluye información más actualizada sobre el fundamento biológico de las conductas adictivas y el efecto de la tecnología en las relaciones íntimas. La autora analiza además la influencia del abuso anterior y el trauma en la predisposición a la adicción a sentirse enamorado. Brenda Schaeffer, D.Min., M.A.L.P., C.A.S., es una licenciada en psicólogía y una especialista acreditada en adicciones, y con un doctorado en psicología espiritual. Brenda Schaeffer da conferencias y brinda capacitación a nivel internacional.

Spanish A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps

by Stephanie S. Covington

La recuperación no es un mundo exclusivo de los hombres, pero, a veces, para una mujer parece serlo. Este libro pensado específicamente para esa mujer, trae una perspectiva femenina al programa de los Doce Pasos, descubriendo los mensajes de sanación detrás de las palabras orientadas para los hombres. Basado en una exploración abierta y una interpretación flexible de los Doce Pasos, esta nueva perspectiva toma en cuenta el desarrollo psicológico de las mujeres en lo relacionado a la adicción y a la recuperación, así como también los factores sociales y culturales que afectan a las mujeres en particular. Reconociendo que la recuperación plantea cuestiones sobre temas especiales para la mujer-desde preguntas sobre relaciones sexuales, relaciones, y sobre la vida diaria, a ansiedad para hablar en situaciones donde hay personas de ambos sexos-- La Mujer y su Práctica de los Doce Pasos se enfoca directamente en la experiencia femenina de la adicción y la sanación. El autor explora los Doce Pasos uno por uno, reiterándolos en su language tradicional, explicándolos y mostrándolos para destacar la experiencia de la mujer-capacitando al lector a ser "dueño" de su propio proceso de recuperación así como también de su crecimento como mujer.

Cada Dia Un Nuevo Comienzo

by Karen Casey

Each day holds its promise, and life's journey begins anew. Let this book be your companion, lightening your burdens and heightening your joys with its daily offering of the gentle warmth and wise counsel of women traveling the same long winding road.These meditations, one for each day of the year, speak to the common experience, shared struggles, and unique strengths of a woman, especially those seeking support and spiritual growth in recovery. Each day's message begins with a quotation--from such exceptional women as Agatha Christie, Annie Dillard, Beverly Sils, Helen Keller, Maria Montesori, Adrienne Rich, Katherine Hepurne, Amelia Earhart, and many more-- and ends with an affirmation, marshaling the feminine courage and spirit, wisdom and wit that make every day count.

We Recovered Too

by Michael Fitzpatrick

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Al-Anon, Hazelden proudly presents this engaging multimedia retrospective of the Fellowship that has brought the miracle of recovery to countless family members and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts.With its roots in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, when wives joined their husbands at the AA meetings and found refuge and understanding in one another, Al-Anon Family Groups has grown into a robust worldwide fellowship of men and women healing from the impact of addiction. Through colorful firsthand accounts told through rare recordings of interviews and speeches, diary entries, and other documents dating from the 1940s, recovery historian and beloved author Michael Fitzpatrick presents the inspiring story of Al-Anon. Discover how cofounders Anne B. and Lois W. guided the growth of these groundbreaking groups, later known as Clearing House and, ultimately, Al-Anon. Take an intimate peek into these visionaries' lives through never-before-published letters provided by Stepping Stones, the historical home of Bill W. and Lois W. Listen to recordings collected by Al-Anon pioneer Arbutus O. See how the program used by the early "Wives Groups" has evolved over time. Not only will you become a witness to Al-Anon history, you will find inspiration and insight into the core principles and practices that have made this a lifesaving program for thousands worldwide. Michael Fitzpatrick is a leading historian and speaker in the field of alcoholism, specializing in the development of the Twelve Step movement. For this book, he drew from his own audio archive, possibly the world's largest collection of recordings of the Twelve Step pioneers and their legacy over the decades. He is coauthor with William G. Borchert of 1000 Years of Sobriety: 20 People x 50 Years.

Finding a Home Group

by James G.

For newcomers and experienced Twelve Steppers alike, this valuable guidebook will guide you in finding the right home group so you can make the most of your meetings. The first advice most people hear when beginning a Twelve Step program is "Go to meetings." But as most people who have attended several Alcoholics Anonymous or other peer recovery groups will tell you, not all meetings are created equal. The fact is that a group that's perfect for one person can send someone else running for the door. In this essential guidebook for newcomers and experienced Twelve Steppers alike, James G. describes the various kinds of meetings available, discusses what typically happens in those meetings, and outlines practical points for evaluating groups to identify the best one to meet your personal needs.With the idea in mind that chemistry is as important as content, James provides practical advice born of decades of solid recovery--years in which he has attended a wide variety of meetings--as well as the experience of other Twelve Steppers interviewed for this book. James G. is a writer working in the fields of advertising, journalism, and fiction. He credits the wonderful people in his AA home group with helping to save his life--and opening up a whole new world in the process. He lives in a large Midwestern city with his wife, daughters, and Fluffy the cat, "recipient of many a midnight confession." This is his first book.

Embracing the Fear

by Judith Bemis Amr Barrada

A compassionate look into managing anxiety disorders, simple phobias, panic disorders, and agoraphobia, Embracing the Fear offers effective techniques in visualization, meditation, and inner-dialogue. The book and audiocassette (sold separately) help us accept and change panic and avoidance responses, and assist us in identifying anxiety triggers.

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery & 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone

by Allen Berger

The author of the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety. Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white knuckle sobriety," it's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others. Allen Berger, Ph.D., draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include:understanding who you are and what's important to youlearning not to take others' reactions personallytrusting your inner compasstaking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situationsIt is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependency" on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.

The Flexible Stretching Strap Workbook

by Mark Kovacs

AN ALL-IN-ONE GUIDE TO IMPROVING FLEXIBILITY USING THE SIMPLE AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STRETCH STRAPEasy to use and inexpensive, the stretching strap is the ultimate at-home tool for improving range of motion for any part of the body. From ankle to neck, the targeted exercises in this book unleash the power of the stretching strap to help:*Release Muscle Tension*Improve Tendon Elasticity*Increase Flexibility*Alleviate Pain*Rehabilitate Injuries*Boost AthleticismA band lined with multiple loops to allow a spectrum of different static and dynamic possibilities, the stretching strap is a staple among trainers and physical therapists. Now this guide brings the benefits of a stretching strap routine right into your living room with 50 exercises that target your personal fitness or rehab goals.no matter what athletic abilities you have, you will learn how to improve long-term health and prevent future injuries.

Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast

by Leeann Murphy

This full-color guide to Istanbul and the Turkish coast includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning.Over its 8,000-year history, Turkey's crown jewel has won the hearts of emperors and sultans. Today, Istanbul is a lively meeting place of East and West, religious and secular, traditional and modern. From the golden sands of the Mediterranean's beaches to the the world-class shopping and dining of Istanbul's charming neighborhoods; from the sublime hills of the the Turquoise Coast's Lycian Way to the architectural marvels of the Thracian Peninsula: this is the trip of a lifetime.In Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast, expert traveler Leeann Murphy tells you everything you need to know to make this trip possible.Experience the life of the city by wandering the Grand Bazaar and sampling authentic Turkish coffee and mezes.Appreciate Istanbul's past at the many historic and cultural sites, including the Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.Plan a cruise along the Aegean Sea and the Turquoise Coast.Make inland excursions to Cappadocia and Ankara.Choose the best guides, tours, and means of transportation-including bus, boat, and even hot-air balloon.

Godsent

by Richard Burton

Kate Skylar is an ordinary seventeen-year-old with an extraordinary destiny. A virgin, Kate suddenly finds herself pregnant with what she believes is the Son of God. But the Catholic Church is convinced Kate is carrying the Antichrist and, assisted by an artificial intelligence known as Grand Inquisitor, will stop at nothing to kill Ethan, her son. Ethan's only protection is Conversatio, a secret organization dedicated to the Second Coming--which may have its own dark agenda. As Ethan grows up in anonymity, ignorant of his true identity and not knowing whom to trust, he must come to terms with his miraculous abilities and make a fateful choice that will determine the future of all mankind. And for Kate, an equally difficult struggle looms, as well as a mother's devastating choice. Godsent is a wild religious thriller, a page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Burton, in his fiction debut, crafts a tightly-wound narrative with a heart-pounding plot and emotional resonance that will ring true to anyone with children of their own, all while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 10

by Lavinia Spalding

Since publishing the original edition of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been the recognized national leader in women's travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women's travel writing of the year. This title is the tenth in that series -- The Best Women's Travel Writing -- presenting stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves. The common threads connecting these stories are a female perspective and fresh, compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn't. The points of view and perspectives are global, and the themes are as eclectic as in all of our books, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

Becoming Madison

by Michael Signer

In 1941 the historian Irving Brant wrote, "Among all the men who shaped the present government of the United States of America," Brant wrote, "the one who did the most is known the least. " Brant concluded, "When a man rises to greatness in youth, it is with his youth that we should first concern ourselves. " Seven decades have passed since Brant wrote those words. Yet, through the history's increasingly dusty lens, Madison has become ever more a stranger. The default impression of Madison remains as remote and severe as the title of a 1994 book: If Men Were Angels: James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason. Most Americans, if they know anything about him at all, see him as calculating, intellectual, politically astute, dry, and remote. This book finally attempts to answer Brant's call. Madison's life had two major acts, but like a backward play, the climax occurred after the first. In researching that crucial first act, the research, Signer found, again and again, a surprising pattern. Madison was a fighter. He usually did not want to fight. He took no joy in the public arena and in the confrontation with other men. Indeed, the conflicts often left him so anxious he became physically sick. But he saw the fights as necessary events in the larger purpose of the life he set out for himself at a young age: to push the American state to achieve its potential, no matter what obstacles the country and small-minded men might throw in his way. Young James Madison's reluctant but firm decision to hurl himself into the ring, again and again, for the common good prove that leadership is possible in a democracy, and that ideas can make a difference. His story shows how much democracy depends on leaders like Madison, and how hollow democracy will be without statesmen. Signer's book takes the reader into a journey of how Madison became Madison. The stunning story of his victories is simply incomprehensible without the passion, charisma, energy, humor, and fierceness of Madison the actual man.

The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong

by Gyalo Thondup Anne F. Thurston

In December 2010 residents of Kalimpong, a town on the Indian border with Tibet, turned out en masse to welcome the Dalai Lama. It was only then they realized for the first time that the neighbor they knew as the noodle maker of Kalimpong was also the Dalai Lama's older brother. The Tibetan spiritual leader had come to visit the Gaden Tharpa Choeling monastery and join his brother for lunch in the family compound. Gyalo Thondup has long lived out of the spotlight and hidden from view, but his whole life has been dedicated to the cause of his younger brother and Tibet. He served for decades as the Dalai Lama's special envoy, the trusted interlocutor between Tibet and foreign leaders from Chiang Kai-shek to Jawaharlal Nehru, Zhou Enlai to Deng Xiaoping. Traveling the globe and meeting behind closed doors, Thondup has been an important witness to some of the epochal events of the 20th century. No one has a better grasp of the ongoing great game as the divergent interests of China, India, Russia and the United States continue to play themselves out over the Tibetan plateau. Only the Dalai Lama himself has played a more important role in the political history of modern, tragedy-ridden Tibet. Indeed, the Dalai Lama's dramatic escape from Lhasa to exile in India would not have been possible without his brother's behind-the-scenes help. Now, together with Anne F. Thurston, who co-wrote the international best seller The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Gyalo Thondup is finally telling his story. The settings are exotic-the Tibetan province of Amdo where the two brothers spent their early childhood; Tibet's legendary capital of Lhasa; Nanjing, where Thondup received a Chinese education; Taiwan, where he fled when he could not return to Tibet; Calcutta, Delhi, and the Himalayan hill towns of India, where he finally made his home; Hong Kong, which served as his listening post for China, and the American Rockies, where he sent young Tibetan resistance fighters to be trained clandestinely by the CIA. But Thondup's story does not reiterate the otherworldly, Shangri-La vision of the Land of Snows so often portrayed in the West. Instead, it is an intimate, personal look at the Dalai Lama and his immediate family and an inside view of vicious and sometimes deadly power struggles within the Potala Palace--that immensely imposing architectural wonder that looms over Lhasa and is home to both the spiritual and secular seats of Tibetan power.

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