The Siege - The Attack on the Taj

The Siege - The Attack on the Taj (English, Paperback, Levy Adrian)


The Siege - The Attack on the Taj  (English, Paperback, Levy Adrian)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: Political Science
    • ISBN: 9780143420101, 0143420100
    • Pages: 344
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    “The Siege” is one of those books that makes you constantly think of it – may be becauseof what happened and may be because of how it turned out, for whatever reason; it is also the powerful writing that adds to it. The attacks on the Taj were to a larger extent – a symbolism on how a city was brought to its knees in three days and the way it retaliated.

    The book explores every angle, incident and aftermath of the attack. It traces every single motive – Hadley’s involvement and the planning aspect as well. The writing is fast-paced and yet makes the reader ponder and linger over the entire attack. The Taj, The Oberoi, Leopold, CST and an old building whose residents were held ransom, did not just remain places – they transformed to being a fabric of the city which no one would ever forget. A read not to be missed at all


    The Siege: The Attack On The Taj chronicles the November 2008 terrorist attacks unleashed in Mumbai in many places, including the Taj Palace Hotel.

    Summary Of The Book

    Tightened security, heightened surveillance, and rigorous measures to prevent attacks, all seem futile at times, when terror and slaughter of innocent people happens in public places, where people should usually be safe. The November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai was one such event.

    The Siege: The Attack On The Taj chronicles the ordeal of some of the people who experienced the terror of that day, and it also tells the story of the few young men who were brainwashed into thinking that murdering innocent people would somehow grant them a place in heaven.
    The book begins by describing an ordinary day at the historic and luxurious Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai. A wedding, some banquets and a birthday party were all scheduled for that day. The hotel staff was busy with the preparations for a new day of serving the guests. A day that should have been like any other day, but wasn’t.

    Four gunmen entered the hotel, and began to open fire, killing indiscriminately, while holding other people hostage. The siege lasted for hours, terrorizing the guests and staff, while the media went into high gear, providing a sensational coverage of the events as they unfolded.

    The men who carried out the attack, say the authors, were from very poor families. They were stunned by the luxury and opulence of the hotel. They had been somehow convinced to carry out a suicidal attack with the promise of a glorious life in the hereafter.

    Dramatically reconstructing many of the events of that day, the authors also analyze the background of the attack, the delay in the response, political maneuvering, the media's irresponsible coverage, all of which led to confusion and delays in the arrival of the elite response team that then laid a counter siege on the hotel and elsewhere to bring down the terrorists.

    The Siege: The Attack On The Taj tells of how the young men from remote villages and their handlers behind the scene used the media and high-tech devices to stay one step ahead in the game. They made use of cellphones, Google maps and GPS systems, even identifying individual hostages from the descriptions provided by the gunmen.

    The book, while providing a very intimate and intimidating account of the day, also raises many questions that are left unanswered.

    About The Authors

    Adrian Levy is an English journalist and filmmaker.

    Other books by this author are The Stone of Heaven, and The Amber Room.

    Adrian Levy specializes in long-form investigative work, mostly centering around South Asia, He began his career in the Bolton Evening Mail, later working for the Yorkshire Post, The Sunday Times and joined The Guardian in 2001. Among his most popular work is Stone of Heaven, where he, along with Scott-Clark, traveled to jadeite mines in Burma, which used bonded labour in its operations.

    Cathy Scott Clark is a journalist with over 20 years of experience.

    Another book by this author is The Meadow.

    Cathy Scott Clark has worked mainly with The Sunday Times and The Guardian, as a foreign correspondent and investigative journalist. She won the One World Media award in 2004.

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    The siege - not a ordinary book on 26 /11

    The siege- has a very good details of the events related to 26/11 attacks right from beginning the terrorist arrive how they move to different areas killing people mercilessly to the damaged caused by them at Leopold cafe, Taj hotel ,trident hotel , CST station , people have watched about this incident many times on TV but this book gives a new dimension in understanding the events that took place on that unlucky day by throwing a light on people from security services , the staff at the ...


    Certified Buyer, Baroda

    1 Feb, 2014

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    gripping..engaging...tensed... story makes you involved with has really put in effort to describe the events quite well.One gets a visual view of the events while reading through the book. worth a read atleast....

    Rohit Sunny

    Certified Buyer, Mumbai

    1 Dec, 2013

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    A Gripping Read

    'The Siege' is a must read especially because public memory is proverbially short and no measures have been taken to date to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. Also, those of us who watched it live on our TV screens, in my view, missed the details of what really went on, in a clearly explained sequence of events that the authors have managed to paint with mind numbing details. My only regret as I read this book is that the authors did not think it fit to cover the events, people and...


    Certified Buyer, Bangalore

    17 Dec, 2013

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    excellent product ..with excellent service

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    11 Dec, 2018

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    Best book to read and yess it is not a story it is a real book it tells us about real characters and also real incident mainly focused on taj but also gives info about other fields of attack provides real info about whole operation must read

    Neeraj Pandey

    Certified Buyer, Lucknow

    19 Dec, 2017

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    Great product

    Chilling! It's an irony of the fate that a handful of terrorists held the great city at ransom thanks to lack of preparedness on the part of security agencies. Really a great book, well researched, well narrated and well told! Rajashekhar Karajagi.

    Rajashekhar karajagi

    Certified Buyer, Bijapur

    23 Oct, 2016

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    Has nothing Explosively new to add !!

    A good book. Has many details that didn't come out earlier or where not generally know; for instance there are some good details on the Headly angle to the 26/11 carnage and some background about the planning of the operation in Pakistan. But, the narrative of the book mostly revolves around the human angle of the guests struck in the Taj and bravery of the hotel staff; something that has been painstakingly re-created by the authors.

    A good read for those who missed the live TV coverage that...

    Pritish Pandey

    Certified Buyer, Hyderabad

    1 Feb, 2015

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    Great read!

    India recently observed 6th anniversary of the unfortunate event of 26th November, 2008 when just 10 terrorists from across the border had held the world’s fourth largest city to ransom. We looked back at the incident when innocent families at CST were shot dead by Ajmal Kasab, who somehow became the face of those attacks – the attacks on India. However, the most shocking picture from that attack was the one with the dome of the Taj Mahal Hotel set on fire.

    The Seige, written by Adrian Levy ...


    Certified Buyer, Gurgaon

    25 Dec, 2014

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    Great read. Originally being a Mumbaikar, 26/11 certainly made an impact on my life though I wasn't present in the city at that time. This book throws light on the background events as well as explicit details of the attack. Well written. Hope lessons are learned from this and we are able to prevent and control attacks like this in the future.

    Viv O

    12 Nov, 2014

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    The book is so well written that I felt compelled to read it in one go. Kudos to the authors for bringing out such a detailed account of events that suroound 26/11.

    Rahul Haridas

    Certified Buyer, Trivandrum

    23 Aug, 2014

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