On March 5, 1959, a Mr. Clyde Hall of Pikeville, Kentucky, apparently got curious about a far off land called Tibet. This much I have guessed. Around that same time, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, was preparing to flee his country in the face of an invasion by communist Chinese forces.
I had never heard of Clyde Hall until recently. I was confined in a maximum-security federal penitentiary about 175 miles from Pikeville; a long way from my native Boston, in many ways. Through the prison’s inter-library loan program, I ordered a copy of the book, Seven Years in Tibet.