Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings

Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings


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ISBN-13: 9780141039497
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/14/2010
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,181,787
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aung San Suu Kyi is the pre-democracy opposition leader in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. She has been kept under detention for most of the past two decades. Her party, the National League for Democracy, won an overwhelming victory in 1990 elections but was denied power by the military, which has ruled since 1962. She is still being held by the government of Myanmar.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword to the First Edition Václau Havel xiii

Foreword to the Second Edition Archbishop Desmond Tutu xv

Introduction Michael Aris xvii

Part 1 The Inheritance

1 My Father 3

2 My Country and People 39

3 Intellectual Life in Burma and India under Colonialism 82

4 Literature and Nationalism in Burma 140

Part 2 The Struggle

5 In Quest of Democracy 167

6 Freedom from Fear 180

7 The True Meaning of Boh 186

8 Speech to a Mass Rally at the Shwedagon Pagoda 192

9 The Objectives 199

10 In the Eye of the Revolution 203

11 Two Letters to Amnesty International 208

12 Letter to the Ambassadors 211

13 The Role of the Citizen in the Struggle for Democracy 212

14 Open Letter to the UN Commission on Human Rights 214

15 Dust and Sweat 217

16 The Need for Solidarity among Ethnic Groups 218

17 The People Want Freedom 224

18 The Agreement to Stand for Election 227

19 The 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace 228

20 The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech 235

21 Towards a True Refuge 239

22 The Need for Dialogue 249

23 Empowerment for a Culture of Peace and Development 260

Part 3 Appreciations

24 A Flowering of the Spirit: Memories of Suu and Her Family Ma Than E 275

25 Suu Burmese Ann Pasternak Slater 292

26 Aung San Suu Kyi: Is she Burma's Woman of Destiny? Josef Silverstein 301

27 Aung San Suu Kyi and the Peaceful Struggle for Human Rights in Burma Philip Kreager 318

28 The Spirit of Reconciliation 360

List of Contributors 362

Index 365

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“Such is the depth of passion and learning that she brings to her writings about national identity and its links with culture and language that she has attracted the admiration of intellectuals around the world.”

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Freedom from Fear and Other Writings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Aung San Suu Kyi stands alongside Nelson Mandela as a hero of our time and so, I very much looked forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, heroes are not necessarily great authors and, to make matters worse, this was not a text written to be produced in book form, but a series of articles for newspapers and journals. This leads to quite large chunks of information being repeated: an entirely legitimate situation when the articles were appearing in different magazines, and quite possibly in different parts of the World; but less so in this book. The fact that these were articles also affected the writing style: I am sure that, were Aung San Suu Kyl to have intended this as a coherent single entity, she would have made changes.I would also criticise the article about her father for a lack of objectivity. This again, is understandable but, as the saintly man becomes more and more a paragon of all that is righteous and anyone who disagrees slowly turns into a pantomime villain, Suu Kyi's credibility starts to suffer.I could be wrong, but I get the feeling that this was a cynical piece of publishing. Some editor decided that 'this woman' was making a name for herself and that any book bearing her name would fly off the shelves. I did not feel any the wiser for the reading of this tome and, therefore, reluctantly, only offer it three stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this.