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Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
by Thant Myint-U
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Today's Headlines, October 23, 2011
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Thant Myint-U's new book is wonderfully written in a similar style as his last book, The River of Lost Foot Steps. I especially enjoyed Thant's style of storytelling on history of Burma -- nestled in a larger geopolitical and economic context of the period and relating back to the present day through his personal travel observations. His ability to connect the dots -- how current situations linked with historical events and how Burma's past was intertwined with more familiar European, Asian, and maritime history -- accentuated how Burma was and has always been inextricably coupled to the globalization phenomena despite today's popular perception of isolation. His account of anthropological and linguistic ties between Burmese and its neighbors and conquerors provoked me to rethink about their influence on modern day Burmese culture and language. Thant was able to capture the essence of Burmese people, intricacies of Burmese history, and the complexity of Burma's relationships with its neighbors. He brought to life sights, sounds, and smells of Yangon, Mandalay, Maymyo, Shwedagon Pagoda, Irrawaddy river, etc..
This is not your father's history book. I appreciated Thant's ability to weave morsels of human interest stories such as Colonel Henry Morshead's mysterious murder in Maymyo and to shed light on some of very little known facts like how Herbert Hoover made his fortune through mining in Burma. So, for those who already knew a lot about Burma, this is a good book for thinking about the linkages between the present and the past and various possibilities and opportunities for Burma as the neighboring two giants rise to the global scene. For those who knew Burma mostly through the lens of the military junta, violence, and oppression, this book painted a picture of rich, diverse, and intricate historical and geopolitical landscape of Burma and the resilience and vibrancy of its people. For hundreds of years, Burma is geographically situated at one of the world's critical junctions. Today, the Burmese has arrived at another political and economic crossroads as Asia forges forward.

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