[Two aerogramme letters, relating to Tibet]

By: Ford, Robert W. (1923-2013)

Price: NZ$362.50

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Two aerogrammes from Robert Ford to a New Zealand correspondent. These letters date from 2005 and 2006, and were sent from Ford's Hertfordshire, UK address in 2005 and 2006. Both letters are one page of handwriting, signed "Robert Ford". Robert Ford (1923-2013) is the author of "Captured in Tibet" (London: Harrap, 1957), an account of his experiences working for the Tibetan Government in 1948-1950, as a radio operator. In 1950, Ford was taken prisoner when the Chinese Communist Party invaded Tibet. He was a prisoner for five years, and though never physically harmed, was subject throughout this time to much questioning, confessional and re-education sessions. As a radio operator who was involved in setting up radio stations close to Tibet's border with China, the Chinese thought Ford was a British spy. Ford's gives an account in "Captured in Tibet" showing that the Chinese Communist Party itself saw the 1950 Communist takeover of Tibet as freeing the Tibetan people from British and American imperialism. When Geda Lama, a Tibetan lama who was also a prominent Communist sympathiser, died while staying at Ford's house, the Communist Party suspected Ford had poisoned him. "Captured in Tibet" was also published in the US with the title "Winds Between The Worlds" (NY: David Mckay, 1953). The US edition lacks the illustrations and maps of the UK edition. "I have not read Thomas Laird's book [i.e. "Into Tibet: The CIA's First Atomic Spy and his Secret Expedition to Lhasa" (2002)] but will attempt to get if from the library. I don't think it would alter my views of the Chinese invasion since this preceded the C.I.A.'s main involvement in Tibet. However I shall read it with interest." - from the 2005 letter. " "Thank you for your letter asking if I have written anything else regarding Tibet & China other than my book. No other books, but I have written quite a lot in the form of articles (or transcripts of talks) in the past. Unfortunately, I do not have copies but I understand that some if not all have been put in the archive by others. May I suggest you look under Tibet/Ford or Ford/Tibet where you might find something. I do hope so. I do hope you manage a trip to Tibet. I'm sure you would fint it interesting if not necessarily enjoyable in some respect. In spite of the Chinese the mountains & landscape remain remarkably beautiful & the Tibetans retain much of their traditional characteristics. For me it would be unbearable to go back but for a first time visitor fascinating in many respects." - the 2006 letter. Also included along with the letters is a copy of the US edition of Ford's book, "Wind Between The Worlds". The book is 338 pages. Condition is VG in a VG dust-jacket. The book has no signatures, inscriptions, or previous owner's markings.

Title: [Two aerogramme letters, relating to Tibet]

Author Name: Ford, Robert W. (1923-2013)

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Barnet, Herts, 2005-2006

Binding: Manuscript

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 18738

Keywords: Tibet History 20th Century