William McGowan

Snapshot
William McGowan

Militant Buddhism was a driving force behind the 25-year war between Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils. Combative monks remain, inflaming religious tensions on the island and threatening to shake up the country's fragile peace.

Capsule Review
Summer
1992
Patricia Lee Dorff

McGowan provides a fascinating account of the war's tragic, mounting equation, and he is doubtful that anything can save this country from its own internal flames.