The Siege

The Siege : 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel

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In the page-turning tradition of Black Hawk Down, the definitive account of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Plates, color; Plates, black and white
  • 0143126083
  • 9780143126089
  • 384,971

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"Meticulously researched, beautifully written and an unstoppable read. This is not your ordinary thriller." Ahmed Rashid, author of "Descent into Chaos
"A heart-pounding read and an investigative tour de force, The Siege is an essential primer on terror in the 21st Century. As it dissects the 2008 attack on Mumbai, "The Siege "shows where mass-murderers come from, how they think and what it is like to be caught in the cross-hairs of their madness." - Blaine Harden, author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Escape from Camp 14"

"Totally unputdownable, utterly absorbing - Scott-Clark and Levy's minute-by-minute account of the 2008 attacks on one of the world's most vibrant cities humanizes the tragedy more than any rolling news coverage ever could. Here we have victims, hostages, police and terrorists before us; their every fateful action and decision explained - the moments of sheer chaos as well as, the crucial seconds of clarity and the absurdity of those 68 horrific hours. But, perhaps more importantly, " The Siege" evocatively captures the atmosphere of the city under unparalleled onslaught as ordinary Mumbaikars looked on as their city's major landmark burned." - Paul French, author of the Edgar Award-winning "Midnight in Peking"
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About Cathy Scott-Clark

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are the authors of four nonfiction books, most recently The Meadow Kashmir 1995 - Where the Terror Began. They were finalists in the 2008 IISS Duke of Wellington Medal for military history. For 16 years they worked as foreign correspondents and investigative reporters for The Sunday Times and then The Guardian. In 2009, the One World Trust named them British Journalists of the Year; they were also named Foreign Correspondents of the Year in 2007. They have co-produced documentaries for British and American television, their most recent on Kashmir, and the upcoming Children of the Pakistan Taliban. They live in London.
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