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Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience Hardcover – March 18, 2008
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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.
I also appreciate Wintle's honest appraisal of Suu Kyi near the end of the book. While Wintle is obviously sympathetic to Suu Kyi (as we all should be), he does ask important questions about the success of her non-violence movement and stubbornness.
My only criticism is that the book does not have comprehensive footnotes. While the author footnotes a few interesting articles, there are many other anecdotes and interpretations that should have been footnoted so the reader can check the source and read further if he desires.
Hopefully, when (and if) Suu Kyi is released and allowed to lead in a democratic Burma, Wintle can update his volume to include more insights into this remarkable woman.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of assassinated democratic hero Aung San, may be undertaking a hunger strike, according to sources in Thailand. Suu Kyi has refused food for three weeks and has turned away visitors, according to sources quoted by "The Nation." A lawyer who visited her recently said she appears thin and under stress. The 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years. Merely mentioning her name aloud in the wrong society can bring imprisonment by Burma's ruling generals. Burma is one of the world's most repressive regimes, carefully regulating the media, limiting access by foreigners and repressing all dissent.
Human rights organizations routinely cite Burma for violating civil liberties, using forced and child labor, and tacitly encouraging opium production. Burma is the world's second largest producer of opium and a source of forced trafficking of women and children for sex. The ruling Junta has gone so far as changing the nation's name to Myanmar, and relocating the administrative capital from Rangoon to an inland city that affords greater secrecy.
Despite its rich natural resources... petroleum, timber, tin, rubber, zinc, natural gas and hydroelectric power... Burma remains one of Asia's poorest countries because of mismanagement and a centralized economy. It's "Burmese Way to Socialism" was an unequivocal disaster. Politically Burma is a pariah in the international community; its only close ally is China. The US refuses to recognize the "Myanmar" regime.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this book was published before the most recent steps towards liberalization, this book is a balanced examination of the life of Aung San Suu Kyi. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This appears to be a well-researched book. The history revolving around Aung San Suu Kyi is interesting and important, and it's key to understanding why she became a hostage. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Da Reader
This is a great story for those interested in the history of Burma. I gave it 4 stars, and not 5, because the vocabulary is obviously forced. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Kindle Customer
It is one of those books that is kinda hard to read because it has a lot of Chinese names that I have no idea how to pronounce. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by John A. Jay
One must wade through pages and pages of history before getting to the real story. . Readers today desire the author to get to the point.Published on May 10, 2013 by bOOKWORM
I purchased this book because I was very interested in learning more about this remarkable woman. Actually there was not an awful lot about her in the book. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book is one that is close to my heart, as are the people of Burma. I haven't finished it yet, but so far it is factual and obviously well researched. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Kevin Hayden