The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation

The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation

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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 fifteen years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi’s extraordinary story.

The Burma Spring will also surprise readers by revealing the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also 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’s has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty in this fascinating part of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481513937
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Rena Pederson teaches writing at Southern Methodist University. She has written on Burma for the Huffington Post, The Washington Post and theChristian Science Monitor. Pederson was the Editorial Page Editor at the Dallas Morning News, has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board, and is the author of The Lost Apostle and What’s Next?, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently a commentator on Dallas Public Radio and lives in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Editor's Note xiii

Prologue xv

Map xix

Introduction xxi

1 Rangoon, 2003 1

2 The Lady Vanishes 25

3 The Return of the Native 41

4 The Candidate 57

5 The Prize Winner 78

6 A Daughter of Destiny 85

7 Khin Kyi 116

8 "Suu" 152

9 The Lady of the Lake 171

10 The Lives of Others 207

11 The General in His Labyrinth 227

12 The Lords of the Sunset 267

13 Friends in High Places 310

14 The Monks Go on the March 350

15 The Killer Storm 386

16 The Intruder 409

17 Free At Last 435

18 The Game of Thrones 471

A Life in Detention 523

Bibliography 527

Acknowledgments 536

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