This is a book about discovery: of lands unknown; of friendship; and of one's self. Harrer knows how to tell his and friend's tribulations about mountain climbing, WW2 internment and escape eventually to Tibet from India - by foot. There he meets the current Dalai Lama [who was but a child at the time], with whom he corresponded and saw again until his own death in 2003. There is also an updated epilogue that reviews the unfortunate destruction of 99% of the 6000 sacred buildings of Tibet; as well as 1.2 million Tibetan lives lost because of the Communist Chinese invasion and intolerance to religion. NB The library records are incorrect. This edition was published in 1997.