One of the few westerners who has personally communicated with the Dalai Lama, Lowell Thomas Jr. has in recent years become an authority on Tibet. In this carefully researched portrait of the Dalai Lama, the mature reader will glean vital facts about the God-King of Tibet and the events of modern times. Buddhist doctrine dictates the choice of the Dalai Lama and we learn how the present ruler assumed his role. The God-King's brilliant exposure of Mao's puppet Panchen Lama, the communist invasion of Tibet, the Dalai Lama's dramatic escape through the Himalayas, even an authenticated intellectual argument between the Dalai Lama and Chou-En-Lai comprise a small portion of this fascinating story. Wherever possible, Mr. Thomas has reported excerpts and anecdotes from his own Tibetan travels enriching a keen and interesting biography.