Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today, comes alive through this brilliant rendering of Burma's tumultuous history.
Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspiration for Burma's (now Myanmar) first steps towards democracy. Suu Kyi's party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a revolutionary breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from 15 years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story.
The Burma Spring also reveals the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, as well as how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. Pederson provides a never-before-seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured and the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty in this fascinating part of the world.
This book discusses the modern history of Burma - from the British occupation, the deal made with the Japanese in WWII, Aung San's father's rise to power, his death and how Aung San became the voice of the Burmese people. The good stuff is in the middle when it discusses the history. The beginning of the book makes Aung San into a saint and sounds like pure propaganda. She didn't have any inner conflict about this role? The book basically makes it sound like her shit doesn't stink. I didn't like the person reading the book. She spoke in a robotic staccato voice, with a fake soft British accent for Aung San. I put the book on 1.5 speed just to get the reader to move more quickly.
I learned a lot from this book and it is especially relevant to current times.
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A well sourced and presented book that gives a clear and substantive view into the world of Burma since its independence in 1948. A great read for anyone interested in Burma and its parallels with world history.
This book focuses on the inspirational life of Aung San Suu Kyi and the often tragic circumstances of the Burmese people.
It is high on human interest, a bit less on information, and there are some very graphic descriptions of torture, rape, and murder. It captures the brutality of Burma.