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Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
by David I. Steinberg
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Steinberg's worst work, September 23, 2011
David Steinberg's "Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know" is not his worst work. Pitched at the interested layman, it is a mostly factual summary of Burma's recent history. In person, Steinberg is avuncular and charming. In print, he is dry.

For some years past, Steinberg has parched as an academic although much (most?) of his career has been more along the lines of an administrator in government funded NGOs: USAID, The Asia Foundation. In this book, as in all his publications on Burma, Steinberg advocates that the US government adopt policies to promote development projects and investment rather than sanctions or the promotion of democracy.

It would be unfair to accuse Steinberg of sympathy for the generals who run Burma's regime but he has adopted a sort of "if you can't beat 'em" rationale for getting in bed with them.


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
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.16
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost first rate, September 23, 2011
An almost first rate biography of Aung San Suu Kyi. Wintle is first to the field with an adult, even academic, biography of the Burmese Nobel Laureate. His research on her time in Japan, New York and Oxford is original and goes into much greater depth than anything else I've seen. Against fairly weak competition, Wintle's is easily the best biography of The Lady and does credit to subject and author.

The shortcomings are mainly editorial and can be cleaned up in a later edition. His treatment of the regime's lobbying campaign in Washington (P385) is a mess, mangling even the spelling of names. Merrill didn't succeed Orde Wingate after his death, Joe Lentaigne did. And Myint Oo appears as both a Captain and Colonel in Wintle's recounting of the incident at Danabyu. Don't make too much of these nigglings though because minor errors aside, it is an extremely good book.

Wintle is an honest, perceptive and mostly careful biographer. Trust him on the main line of the story but be careful of the details.


Masters of Enterprise: Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey
Masters of Enterprise: Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey
by H. W. Brands
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hagiography more than history, September 11, 2007
Business is a ruthless business. Dog eat dog and all that. Extraordinarily successful businessmen may have the same basic character traits as their fellow men (and women) but often in more extreme forms. Some of these traits are admirable: ambitious, industrious, driven, resilient, clever. Some, not so much: greedy, cruel, ruthless, opportunistic, dishonest.

Don't count on Brands to notice the latter in his subjects. H.W. Brands has written a history of American businessmen as they would like themselves to be seen. If you enjoy this book, you may also enjoy browsing the National Association of Manufacturer's press releases.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost first rate, June 10, 2007
An almost first rate biography of Aung San Suu Kyi. Wintle is first to the field with an adult, even academic, biography of the Burmese Nobel Laureate. His research on her time in Japan, New York and Oxford is original and goes into much greater depth than anything else I've seen. Against fairly weak competition, Wintle's is easily the best biography of The Lady and does credit to subject and author.

The shortcomings are mainly editorial and can be cleaned up in a later edition. His treatment of the regime's lobbying campaign in Washington (P385) is a mess, mangling even the spelling of names. Merrill didn't succeed Orde Wingate after his death, Joe Lentaigne did. And Myint Oo appears as both a Captain and Colonel in Wintle's recounting of the incident at Danabyu. Don't make too much of these nigglings though because minor errors aside, it is an extremely good book.

Wintle is an honest, perceptive and mostly careful biographer. Trust him on the main line of the story but be careful of the details.


The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America
The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America
by Alan Ehrenhalt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.92
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3 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Way We Never Were, June 10, 2007
Misty water colored memories for an America that never existed by an entirely forgettable writer.


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