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The siege

by Scott-Clark, Cathy, 1965-

Format: Book on CD 2013
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Northland Public Library Audio Books 363.325 SCO8 (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Audio Books
 
Call Number  363.325 SCO8 (COMPACT DISC)
 
 
Summary
Mumbai, 2008. On the night of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked targets throughout the city, including the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the world's most exclusive luxury hotels. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds were held hostage as shots rang out and an enormous fire raged. When the smoke cleared, thirty-one people were dead and many more had been injured. Only the courageous actions of staff and guests--including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Binny Kang--prevented a much higher death toll.

With a deep understanding of the region and its politics and a narrative flair reminiscent of Midnight in Peking , journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly unfold the tragic events in a real-life thriller filled with suspense, tragedy, history, and heroism.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In November 2008, a ragtag band of extremely well-armed Pakistani gunmen from the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist group fanned out across the city of Mumbai, stealthily and lethally making its way to the lavish Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. An international symbol of elitism and opulence, the Taj catered to celebrities and CEOs, and on the night of November 26, the old six-story hotel and its adjacent modern tower were teeming with more than 600 guests and 1,600 employees. In a barbaric reign of terror, multiple two-man teams of jihadists rampaged and ransacked the hotel, strafing anyone in sight with AK-47s, hurling grenades into banquet and guest rooms, and setting fire to the upper floors. At the end of 68 hours, 166 were dead and dozens more critically injured. Veteran Southeast Asia journalists Scott-Clark and Levy recreate this cataclysmic disaster with all the pulse-pumping intensity of a cinematic action thriller, recounting astonishing episodes of personal heroism while issuing a sobering indictment of the ineptitude of the government and security agencies that failed to prevent the attack and protect civilians.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This impressive work of journalistic research and reconstruction offers a revelatory look inside the November 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, during which 10 highly trained gunmen deployed by the organization Lashkar-e-Toiba brought the world's fourth-largest city to its knees, with four of the terrorists taking over the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The landmark's physical size and symbolic stature account for the efforts by Lashkar, and it is likewise where Scott-Clark and Levy concentrate their narrative, contextualizing and recreating the events of three harrowing days in and around the damaged, fire-engulfed hotel. The authors offer multiple perspectives, including those of staff, guests, hostages, police, security, and political officials, as well as the gunmen's Karachi-based handlers (who used online telephones and Google Earth to assist the killers). In addition to providing a riveting human drama, the book highlights the woeful lack of state security. The authors, meanwhile, explain the factional pressures and international political context driving Lashkar to expand its mission beyond Kashmir. As in their last book, The Meadow, longtime South Asia correspondents Scott-Clark and Levy deliver a meticulous, insightful, and dramatic account of an extraordinary episode in modern warfare, again emanating from the longstanding India-Pakistan contest over Kashmir. In so doing, they also persuasively illustrate the entangled personnel and politics characterizing the larger playing field of state and nonstate terrorism. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates (U.K.). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Mumbai Terrorist Attacks, Mumbai, India, 2008.
Victims of terrorism -- India -- Mumbai.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, Ct.] :Tantor Media, Inc.,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Siege :
Contributors Levy, Adrian, 1965- author.
Langton, James, narrator.
Tantor Media.
Participants/Performers Read by James Langton.
Audience General adult.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
Duration: 11:00:00.
Description 9 audio discs (11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781452615806 (retail ed.)
1452615802 (retail ed.)
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