Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience

Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience

by Justin Wintle
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Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience by Justin Wintle

Burma is a country where, as one senior UN official puts it, "just to turn your head can mean imprisonment or death." Aung San Suu Kyi is considered to be Burma's best hope for freedom, and, because of her unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance to the country's brutal military junta, she has been under house arrest since 1989. Elected Prime Minister, she was prevented from taking office, but despite failing health, vilification at the hands of the Burmese media, and actual imprisonment in one of the world's most appalling jails, Suu Kyi has persevered in a campaign of nonviolent protest as unflagging as those of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In Perfect Hostage, the most thorough biography of Suu Kyi to date, Justin Wintle tells both the story of the Burmese people and the story of an ordinary person who became a hero.

"She's my hero."—Bono

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant."—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

"It is time for all respectable members of the international community to put weight behind their words and take active measures to secure the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people."—Senator John McCain

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620876220
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,192,107
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Justin Wintle has a degree in modern history from Oxford. He is the author of Romancing Vietnam, The Vietnam Wars, Furious Interiors, and the Rough Guide histories of China, Islam, and Spain. He is a contributor to the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, and the Independent. He resides in the United Kingdom.

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Perfect Hostage 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RoyNJ More than 1 year ago
The author of this book does not pretend to be dispassionate or objective. He is on Aung San Suu Kyi's side. Frankly, so am I. That said this book is an excellent way to get to know what is going on in Burma/Myanmar if you know little or nothing about it. The author gives you a short history of Burma and a short biography of Aung San, who is Aung San Suu Kyi's father and revered in Burma the way George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are here in America. Both are needed to understand Aung San Suu Kyi's role in what is going on today. The book is exciting and dramatic, not because of the way it is written, but because of the events depicted in the book. I'm very glad I read this book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in understanding what is going on in Burma/Myanmar today or how Aung San Suu Kyi came to be known simply as "The Lady".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago