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Author: Mohan S. Kohli,M. S. Kohli
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Title: Spies in the Himalayas: Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs (Modern War Studies)
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Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; First American Edition edition (March 18, 2003)
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Spies in the Himalayas: Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs (Modern War Studies) by Mohan S. Kohli,M. S. Kohli



Conboy is a former Heritage Foundation analyst. Immediately after his 1965 triumph, Kohli was asked to lead a covert mission to place a nuclear-powered sensor on the north face of a remote Himalayan peak to monitor Chinese nuclear tests. The monitor was a joint project of the CIA and its Indian equivalent. This book at best can be described as a dragging narration of a poorly planned combined secret mission between CIA and IB (Indian Intelligence Bureau) in the mid 60s. The book goes on and on about things that the mountain climbers had to go through for planting a sensor (actually two or three) on Himalayan peaks for eavesdropping on China.

Captain Manmohan Singh Kohli (b. 11 December 1931 at Haripur) is an internationally renowned Indian mountaineer.

by Kohli, M. 1931-; Conboy, Kenneth J. Publication date 2002. Topics Electronic intelligence, Electronic intelligence, Electronic intelligence, Espionage, American, Espionage, Mountaineering, Spionage, Militärische Kooperation. Publisher Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Sanderia on November 29, 2010.

In the towering mountains of northern India, a chilling chapter was written in the history of international espionage. Home All Categories Cooking Books Asian Cooking Books Spies in the Himalayas: Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs (Modern War Studies). ISBN13: 9788172235116. Spies in the Himalayas ; Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs.

Spies in the Himalayas provides an inside look at a CIA mission from participants who weren't agency employees, drawing on diaries from several of the climbers to offer impressions not usually recorded in covert operations. A host of photos and maps puts readers on the slopes as the team attempts repeatedly to plant the sensor on a Himalayan summit. An adventure story as well as a new chapter in the history of espionage, this book should appeal to readers who enjoyed Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and to anyone who enjoys a great spy story.

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Kohli and Conboy note that American intelligence (read NSA) used facilities in Pakistan to monitor Chinese missile launches until 1969. The first advanced Rhyolite spy satellite, which could do the job from space, was in orbit less than a year later (pp. 193-95). Thus, for the United States, placing sensors on Nanda Devi and other vertiginous peaks was redundant. As a stand-alone narrative, Spies in the Himalayas leaves something to be desired. There are diverting vignettes, Kohli's wry sense of humor makes a few fleeting appearances, and the back-story stimulates important questions. Read in conjunction with Conboy's excellent historical monograph, The CIA's Secret War in Tibet, the book provides an effective introduction to America's Cold War campaign on the subcontinent.

His books include Mountaineering in India and The Himalayas. Kenneth Conboy is a former policy analyst and deputy director at the Heritage Foundation whose other books include The CIA's Secret War in Tibet and Spies and Commandos (see page 28). Key Features. M. S. Kohli, Kenneth Conboy. University Press of Kansas.

Spies in the Himalayas. Series: Modern War Studies. Spies in the Himalayas. Secret Missions and Perilous Climbs. Half Cold War adventure and half mountaineering saga, Kohli’s story makes for absorbing reading. The excitement of the covert climbs comes through clearly in this book. His books include Mountaineering in India and The Himalayas. Kenneth Conboy is a former policy analyst and deputy director at the Heritage Foundation whose other books include The CIA’s Secret War in Tibet and Spies and Commandos, both from Kansas. Additional Titles in the Modern War Studies Series.

Synopsis book Spies in the Himalayas Legendary Indian climber M. Kohli and historian Kenneth Conboy chronicle for the first time the clandestine operations, dangers, and mishaps that formed a joint . Indian effort to plant a nuclear- powered sensor high in the Himalayas to monitor China s growing nuclear capabilities. Full description Book details Author : . Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensor high in the Himalayas to monitor China s growing nuclear capabilities.

In the towering mountains of northern India, a chilling chapter was written in the history of international espionage. After the Chinese detonated their first nuclear test in 1964, America and India, which had just fought a border war with its northern neighbor, were both justifiably concerned. The CIA knew it needed more information on China's growing nuclear capability but had few ways of peeking behind the Bamboo Curtain. Because of the extreme remoteness of Chinese testing grounds, conventional surveillance in this pre-satellite era was next to impossible. The solution to this intelligence dilemma was a joint American-Indian effort to plant a nuclear-powered sensing device on a high Himalayan peak in order to listen into China and monitor its missile launches. It was not a job that could be carried out by career spies, requiring instead the special skills possessed only by accomplishedmountaineers. For this mission, cloaks and daggers were to be replaced by crampons and ice axes. Spies in the Himalayas chronicles for the first time the details of these death-defying expeditions sanctioned by U.S. and Indian intelligence, telling the story of clandestine climbs and hair-raising exploits. Led by legendary Indian mountaineer Mohan S. Kohli, conqueror of Everest, the mission was beset by hazardous climbs, weather delays, aborted attempts, and even missing radioactive materials that may or may not still pose a contamination threat to Indian rivers. Kept under wraps for over a decade, these operations came to light in 1978 and have been long rumored among mountaineers, but here are finally given book-length treatment. Spies in the Himalayas provides an inside look at a CIA mission from participants who weren't agency employees, drawing on diaries from several of the climbers to offer impressions not usually recorded in covert operations. A host of photos and maps puts readers on the slopes as the team attempts repeatedly to plant the sensor on a Himalayan summit. An adventure story as well as a new chapter in the history of espionage, this book should appeal to readers who enjoyed Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and to anyone who enjoys a great spy story.
Reviews: 3
Kabei
Interesting story of the cold war.
Enila
Kohli is a mountaineer from India who led an Everest expedition in 1965 that put nine men on the summit. Conboy is a former Heritage Foundation analyst. Immediately after his 1965 triumph, Kohli was asked to lead a covert mission to place a nuclear-powered sensor on the north face of a remote Himalayan peak to monitor Chinese nuclear tests. The monitor was a joint project of the CIA and its Indian equivalent. Because the placement had to be secret, above 22,000 feet, and in one of the most inhospitable regions of the earth, Kohli assembled a group of highly capable climbers and Sherpa porters. Nothing went easily. Weather and bad luck foiled the first attempt, and in the second attempt the nuclear generator was lost. After many difficulties and two deaths the sensor was placed, then promptly went silent. Another expedition was mounted to replace it. Half Cold War adventure and half mountaineering saga. Amateurishly written, but Kohli's obvious enthusiasm and the excitement of climbing comes through. I liked it.
Rleyistr
This book at best can be described as a dragging narration of a poorly planned combined secret mission between CIA and IB (Indian Intelligence Bureau) in the mid 60s. The book goes on and on about things that the mountain climbers had to go through for planting a sensor (actually two or three) on Himalayan peaks for eavesdropping on China. The book probably gains some importance because the loss of one of the sensors made headlines nearly 10 years afterwards due to fear of contamination of the holy Ganges river. The whole story sounds real silly with a lot of money spent for no evident goal. The writer displays some good style, but often the narration goes haywire making the reader wonder where he is being led to.