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
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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That there is very little international coverage of Burma speaks to the choke hold that the junta have over the Burmese and foreigners living there. The horrors of genocide against the ethnic ... Read full review

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More than just a biography of Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, this book depicts the context of her struggle through a comprehensive background of Burma's fight for independence (from the British ... Read full review

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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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