This book is a story of former General of Nepalese Army. The book includes a sensational opening as 45-page prologue and 11 other chapters that tell the stories of his childhood, student life and career in army, the Maoist conflict, the royal take over, and the events after the Maoists came to the peace process.
"Katawal's memoir gives us another insider's account of the events that shaped recent Nepali history." - Kunda Dixit, Nepali Times
"Outspoken and bold, the general's life story is worth reading for more insight and understanding into the Nepalese Army and Nepal's politics." - Political Scientist Lok Raj Baral, The Kathmandu Post
"Reading the general's autobiography is, in essence, reading the timeline of Nepal's struggle to emerge as a modern-day democracy." - Mikel Dunham, Foreword of this book
Rookmangud Katawal was the Chief of Army Staff during the tumultuous years of Nepal's transition from monarchy to republic.
He refused to succumb to pressure from either the last monarch, Gyanendra Shah, or the first prime minister of the Republic of Nepal, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
In an intense showdown, Dahal attempted to remove Katawal from office, resulting, ironically, in Dahal's own downfall.
This is a story of truly historic proportions told from Katawal's unique perspective and with his characteristic insight, perception, and candor.