The Dalai Lama is leading the greatest David and Goliath struggle in world history and he doesn't even own a sling shot. His weapons of choice against China, the most brutal government on the planet, are words and truth. This book is worth a read as is Tears of Blood by Mary Craig. Forget trying to pit one religion against another or saying your god is better than my god. That is all foolishness. This book and Tears of Blood are stories of trying to save the human soul...And the human spirit and neither have a religion.
I've read 5 books on Tibet recently, and this one was perhaps the best. It is full of factual history of life before, during and after the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but it also includes personal recollections of the Dalai Lama and his family members, and anecdotes from other key individuals. The story itself is fascinating. If you're interested in finding out what happened to the Tibetan people, you will be well-informed by reading "Kundun." By the way, it is not the same as the movie "Kundun," which was based very closely on the Dalai Lama's autobiography. Very enjoyable to read. Thanks, Mary!