On November 26 2008, India faced one of its darkest periods in history. A group of terrorists laid siege to one of Mumbai's premiere landmarks, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, and, over a period of about two and a half days, killed more than 150 people and wounded double that number. The Siege: The Attack on the Taj, by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clerk, aims to provide a detailed account of what occurred over those days with help from first-hand accounts by victims and eyewitnesses. Both Scott Clerk and Levy are senior British journalists who have collaborated frequently in projects like their 2012 book The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 - Where the Terror Began, as well as documentaries. Together, they were named British Journalist of the Year at One World Media awards in 2009.
The Siege: The Attack on The Taj begins on the evening of the 26th of November 2008, when it's business as usual at Taj. However, it all changes in an hour when a group of armed men enter the Taj hotel and start shooting. From then on, the book moves like a thriller, not just detailing the various shootings and incidents, but also individual stories of heroism and devastation. It provides background information about the events and goes into the psyche of the shooters, and how they were controlled by their masters via the use of technology. In addition to the terrorists, the story focuses on various individuals in the hotel, and takes the reader through their most trying moments, many of which end in tragedy.
The Siege: The Attack on The Taj has been well received by reviewers both in India as well as abroad, with critics praising the pace and in-depth research put into the book. Publications like Firstpost and the New York Times have both commented on the fact that the literary quality of the book pales in significance to the human story and the energy of the writing. The Siege: The Attack on The Taj is a paperback book written in English and has 344 pages. This edition was published in October 2013 by Penguin and its ISBN 10 is 0143420100 while its SBN 13 is 9780143420101.