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

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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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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Contents

Prologue
xxiii
Land and Father
1
At the Shwedagon
3
The Shwe Pyidaw
9
After the Mongols
18
The Salami Wars
27
British Burma
41
Saturdays Child
50
Sixteen Months
223
Number One and Number Nine
225
White Bridge Red Bridge
239
8888
249
Shadow of the Hundred Flowers
265
Digging In
277
Squaring Up
287
Suu Kyis Tightrope
298

From Campus Oddball to National Hero Aged 20
63
1300 The Year That Never Was
74
Desperate Times Desperate Remedies
81
Bo Teza Reluctant Collaborator
92
Snakes Ladders and a Wife
104
Old Enemies New Friends
115
Getting There
124
The Daughter
139
19th July
141
The Golden Rain is Brown
151
An Indian Idyll The Ugly One Takes Wing
162
The Daughter of Some or Other Burmese General
172
Things Fall Apart
181
Between Three Continents
196
Thimphu Kyoto Simla
209
Danubryu
308
The Door Slams Shut
317
The Political Madonna
327
Egg on the Generals Faces
329
Soldiers at the Gate
341
Famously Alone
354
Freedom on a Leash
370
The Saddest Thing
385
The Widowed Road to Depayin
397
Back to Mandalay
413
The Monks Revolt
430
Acknowledgements
439
SourcesFurther ReadingWebsites
441
Index
449
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About the author (2007)

Justin Wintle has a degree in Modern History from Oxford. He is the author of Perfect Hostage, 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 .

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