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A non-spiritual history
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2011
This book treats Tibetan Buddhism and its spiritual accomplishments and practices in a very cavalier fashion, focusing instead on the military and political history of the leaders of Tibet. It is surprising how many deaths, wars, political intrigues, invasions, etc. Tibet had, but to omit the spiritual is to skew the picture. Even in a conventional historic sense, one has to ask how many countries (China, Russia, etc.) would fare worse in a historical review than Tibet.