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The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 - Where the Terror Began [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Levy , Cathy Scott-Clark
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Book Description

The shocking true story of a brutal kidnapping high in the mountains of Kashmir that marked the beginning of modern terrorism.

In July 1995, ten backpackers journeyed into the foothills of the Himalayas, trekking to an idyllic campsite known as the Meadow. But their search for tranquillity was savagely interrupted when they were taken hostage by Islamic extremists.

Using diaries, letters, classified police reports and interviews with the jihadis themselves, The Meadow traces the escalating tension between kidnappers, victims and police, while examining the high-level conspiracies surrounding the abduction. It tells of the single escape attempt and how – with a brutal beheading – the hostage takers took an irreversible step into the abyss.

The shocking true story of the crisis that foreshadowed a new epoch of global terrorism, this is the book that forced Intelligence and government authorities to uncover what really happened in the Meadow.

Editorial Reviews


'The definitive end to the story, which has remained unresolved for seventeen years...Levy and Scott-Clark have dared to follow the pitiless logic of a very dirty war, and have shown where it can lead...a gripping and often emotional read' Literary Review 'A meticulous account ... Like a real-life version of The Beach by Alex Garland' Sunday Telegraph 'A gripping human story. 'The Meadow' is as long as it is fascinating, minutely re-enacting a horrifying moment that was to send out ripples for decades to come' Independent 'Comprehensive and laced with telling detail... A bravura piece of reporting, and an insight into the dark heart of modern terrorism' Sunday Times

About the Author

Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clark are internationally renowned and award winning investigative journalists who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for The Sunday Times before joining the Guardian. Their first book, Stone of Heaven (2001) was named by the New York Times as a book of the year. The Amber Room (2004) was a finalist in the Borders' Original Voices US book awards, becoming a national best seller there. Their third book, Deception (2007) was a Washington Post 'pick of the year', and a finalist in the Royal United Services Institute, Duke of Westminster's Medal for military literature. They won the One World Media award for foreign reporting in 2005 and were selected as One World Media Journalists of the Year in 2009. They have produced several television documentaries, most recently City of Fear, a film for Channel 4's Dispatches (2010). They live in London and in France.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2567 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1J4Q6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way to the Meadow: A Review October 12, 2012
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"Kashmir was comprised of secrets, buried so deeply they might never come to the surface" - 'Cath' in The Meadow

Judging from the two dozen odd reviews that it has garnered so far, The Meadow by the British journalists, Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark, is quite contentious despite impressive evidence of the very thorough research which has gone into its making. My review, however, is different from other such assessments in one significant way: the events narrated in the book simply happened around me.

Growing up in the shadows of conflict, of guns wielded by both militants and armed forces, we in Kashmir have witnessed many confusing narratives that just 'happened' but which are now imprinted in our minds, seemingly forever. Everything in 1990s Kashmir was, as I remember it iteratively, brought to a standstill each day. Our lives as young boys were ruled by a primary goal: to save ourselves and to live just for one more day. While boys of our age in other parts of the country were aiming for productive careers in the engineering, medical and civil services and concentrating on their studies, our lives were part of another narrative - knotted, twisted and often grotesque, despite the shimmering beauty of the landscape we inhabited.

In July 1995, after our XI standard biology lecture, a seventeen-year-old boy told us a strange story before the news actually broke in the media. It was the tale of the kidnapping of six foreigners from the upper ranges of Pahalgam valley. How did this boy know of this event even before the fiery media disclosures? He did not tell us and we did not ask - but the dramatic kidnapping episode soon became the talk of the whole town.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking May 19, 2012
This was a very decent and at times quite moving journalistic account.

At times I did think that it was overlong and that the authors were perhaps using guess work in describing people's reaction. However for the most part it seemed quite convincing and accurate.

Maybe the events described in this book were not as influential on a global scale as the author suggests. However they do a good job in conveying the personal tragedy and horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and well written April 7, 2014
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Journalists often make excellent writers of history and the Meadow is one such example. Insightful and balanced investigation into the hostage taking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Meadow - Kashmir 1995 March 9, 2014
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a lot of detail - enjoyed the story - gives insight as to what happens elswhere that we don't know about !
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