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The riveting true tale of Englishman Robert Ford heroic efforts to remain by Tibet's last existing radio link to the outside world when China conquered the mountainous nation in 1950, from acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris, author of the New York Times best-seller Eye on the Struggle.

Hired by the Tibetan government, Royal Air Force veteran Robert W. Ford put together a radio communications network for a nation that had up to this time relied on messages carried by foot over the highest mountains on the globe. More important, his radio connected the secluded nation to the outside world. When, in October, 1950, the Communist Chinese army began its march to subjugate Tibet, Ford risked his life by staying behind to send out reports over his radio to let the world know of the attack.

The Radio Operator is an overdue and gripping recounting of Ford's valiant effort to save Tibet from Chinese domination and his subsequent capture and imprisonment.

James McGrath Morris is the author of the New York Times best-selling Eye on the Struggle as well as two other acclaimed biographies. His previous Kindle Single, Revolution by Murder, was selected as one of the Best Kindle Singles of 2014. His next book, The Ambulance Drivers, will be published in 2017.

©2015 James McGrath Morris (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Admiralu
  • 12-02-20

Fascinating Account of an Unlikely Hero


This was a fascinating account of one man who helped Tibet during the forced takeover by the Chinese in the 1950s. A British radio operator takes an assignment in Tibet to help connect the isolated country to the world and is caught up in events beyond his control. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book version. Narration was a bit rote, but it was an interesting short story.

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  • Ron W
  • 04-08-17

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My audible books should really get in and visualize what was really going on in those days. narration was very clear and precise a very very good book.