The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life

Alexander Norman (Author)

Product Details

$30.00  $27.60
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
February 25, 2020
6.0 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

ALEXANDER NORMAN has collaborated with the Dalai Lama on several of his best-selling books, including Freedom in Exile and Beyond Religion. He is the author of a critically acclaimed history of the Dalai Lamas, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy Men Who Shaped Tibet, From Pre-History to the Present Day.


Editor's Choice, The New York Times Bestsellers List for 3.29

"Impressive in its clarity...this biography [is] the most detailed and accurate to date...the book, written in an engaging prose, ends with an insightful prediction of the legacy of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, and a cleareyed assessment of the challenges that the fifteenth will face."
--New York Times Book Review

"The subtitle of Mr. Norman's book, 'An Extraordinary Life, ' is an understatement...Mr. Norman knows the Dalai Lama better than most, having helped him to write his autobiography. His new book is rich...with detail; his supple prose, often beautiful, is as adept at explaining Tibet's theology as it is at describing its spiritual world...Mr. Norman's book, while respectful, is not adoring: He doesn't flinch from offering examples of his subject's behavior that are awkward."
--Wall Street Journal

"This is the first authoritative biography of the Dalai Lama, and his life story reads like an adventure! Travel with him ... An amazing read!"

"Alexander Norman's book is a revelation, placing the Dalai Lama in a vividly-told historical context while giving the reader an intimate glimpse of the man himself."
--Jim Kelly, Air Mail

"Alexander Norman is uniquely qualified among western observers to deliver a definitive account of one of the most remarkable lives of the past century. His thoughtful and insightful biography is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon."
--Dr. Solomon George FitzHerbert, Departmental Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, University of Oxford

"A compelling portrait . . . definitive book, which is sure to attract anyone seeking more insight into this enduring leader."
--Library Journal

"A thorough catalogue of the Dalai Lama's thinking and worldview . . . anyone interested in the Dalai Lama's spiritual influence will enjoy this insider biography."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Norman] brings well-grounded authority to his portrayal of a figure revered throughout the world for his joyfulness, generosity, and compassion . . . a sturdy, comprehensive look at the Dalai Lama and his tumultuous world."
--Kirkus Reviews