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Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography

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The leader of Burma’s democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, has joined Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama in the global pantheon of those whose lives are dedicated to freedom. Throughout the world, she is associated with a peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights. But what is she really like? What drives her to make such ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Potomac Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jianghengqiang
Sep 17, 2016 Jianghengqiang rated it really liked it
#《昂山素季:传记一种》简要笔记
##引言
《昂山素季:传记一种》是瑞典记者 先生于2010年出版的一本传记。我所收听的版本是本书的第二版。当时昂山素季女士已被解除软禁,正在NLD总部工作。所以相较第一版,本书增加了当面采访传主的内容。此外,由于昂山素季女士当时已投入政治活动,她的人生旅程翻开了新的一页。本书的结尾——昂山素季与她的长子在缅甸重逢——也光明感人。
与其说这本书是传记,不如说它是长篇人物特写。这有两方面的原因:从传主角度来说,截至2010年,昂山素季女士的政治生涯远未完结,全面地评价她为时尚早;从传记作者角度来说,作者也不具备作传的条件。他主要采访了当时流亡海外的缅甸民主派,他没有采访缅甸其他政治势力的代表人物。他没有查阅相关历史档案。
不过有聊胜于无。缅甸与我国接壤,而昂山素季女士又是该国极为重要的政治家。对她的生平有所了解总是有些帮助的。读完之后,我觉得她作为一名政治家可能尚欠火候,但确实有可钦可佩之处。作为政治家,她犯过极大的错误:没有抓住1988年8月8日革命这样千载难逢的机遇,一举推翻军政府。按照金庸先生在《倚天屠龙记•后记》中的说法,没做到“决断明快”。按照沙梨熊先生
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Ashok Krishna
Aung San Suu Kyi – one of the most eminent, yet least popular feminine personalities in the world. Someone that has spent a major part of her life in house arrest, fighting for the cause of democracy in her homeland, spoken on par with Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, she always remained a personality that I wanted to know more about.

With so much of interest did I pick the book ‘Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography’, by Jesper Bengtsson. But, as it is always said, the more you expect, the more you ge
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Mika Auramo
Jesper Bengtsson kirjoittaa väkevän historiikin yhdestä nykyajan tunnetuimmista demokratian ja ihmisoikeuksien puolustajista eli burmalaisesta Aung San Suu Kyistä.

Pirjo Ahon suomentaman teoksen alaotsikkona on ”Taistelu vapaudesta”. Aung San Suu Kyi on ollut pitkään kotiarestissa ja vankeudessa synnyinmaassaan eli nykyisessä Myanmarissa. Sotilasjuntta on pitänyt kovassa otteessaan koko maata ja hallinnut sortaen säälimättä eri kansallisia vähemmistöjään.

Kirjan julkaisuhetkellä Kyi oli vielä kot
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Rajat TWIT
Jan 12, 2015 Rajat TWIT rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A poorly written and confused biography, this book lacks creativity to present the life of one of the most admired Asian Leaders of our generation. The author has done very abrupt research and his usage of timeline is so random, that many times it is almost incomprehensible to link the shift of eras. The book has given some space to study the history of Burmese administration through the life of Aung San, the legendary figure and father of our lady in focus Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, and has given a ...more
Cmorice
Ce livre nous fait découvrir la vie d'Aung San Suu Kyi, son engagement, son combat politique, son dévouement pour la cause de son peuple au détriment de sa propre vie. De son enfance marquée par un père figure légendaire de Birmanie, à ses 20 années d'enfermement dans les geôles de la junte et d'isolement, de son mari qu'elle n'a jamais pu revoir à ses succès récents en politique, nous suivons le destin exceptionnel de cette femme hors du commun, liée à la liberté de tout un peuple.
Plus qu'une s
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Mike
Feb 11, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
Aung San Suu Kyi is an amazing woman. She separates herself from her husband and two sons in order to make a political stand for democracy against the junta controlled state in her native Burma. She endures cruelty and frustration while not allowing herself to fall into despair. She takes in stride things that would drive most people mad like the regime declaring election results null if they were against the regime. Or being allowed to only say hello to her dying husband over the phone before ...more
Kate
Dec 28, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Rather than being a book about Aung San Suu Kyi within the context of Burma's political environment it is more a book about the political and economic history of Burma from the mid-20th Century to the present day with bits about Aung San Suu Kyi. This book draws heavily on the work of other academics and researchers but this is understandable given the limited access to the key players in the battle for leadership in Burma. I had hoped the book would give an insight to what makes Aung San Suu ...more
Henni
Feb 13, 2014 Henni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografi, historie, 2014
Det er ikke bare en bog om Aung San Suu Kyi, men også en lyn lektion i Burmas historie, og det er en spændende, tragisk, blodig og kompliceret historie.
Før jeg læste bogen var min viden om Aung San Suu Kyi begrænset til "noget med husarrest og en nobelpris", nu er min respekt for hende mangedoblet, det er fantastisk at man kan beholde et positivt livssyn og forhandlingsvillighed til et regime der gang på gang lyver, smider ens venner og demokatifæller i fængsel og skyder ind i fredelige demonstr
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Shobhit Bhatnagar
Dec 04, 2012 Shobhit Bhatnagar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not very exhaustive but enough.
Not just Aung San Suu Kyi but also Burma's history is depicted in the book. Although the events are not very detailed but that is what prevents it from being boring. The events are also not strictly chronological which though may sometimes be confusing but actually intermingles well. Last two chapters can be avoided though.
Speedstar25
Nov 28, 2013 Speedstar25 rated it really liked it
This book is written more on the history of the Military and Aung San Suu Kyi's Democratic Party. Out of the 15 chapters, only a few are written about Aung San Suu Kyi's life or upbringing.

However, it's still a nice book and offer an insider view of Burma and what the people went through. The report was also quite a detailed one.
Jaymee
Mar 19, 2013 Jaymee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Dry writing; seems as if the author just combined facts about Suu Kyi and Burma during her time, and placed a few quotes by Suu Kyi. Though you learn a few interesting bits, it's difficult to remain with the book as there's no narrative thread or flow. Could have been a promising book, with the topic alone and the writer's own travels.
Mpapaz
Aug 15, 2011 Mpapaz rated it liked it
Aung San Suu Kyi's life is very inspiring. It was a rather difficult book to read with many dates and historical references that were difficult to follow. I certainly felt I had learnt heaps about a part of the world I knew very little about before.
Omkar Pendse
Besides just being a biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, the book tells the story of history of Burma, its colonial past, its very short lived tryst with democracy and the repressive dictatorship of the junta regime.
Silke
Sep 11, 2014 Silke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: birma-myanmar
I didn't think this is such a good book, it's jumps a lot from one fact to another and isn't always chronologically, if it would be chronologically it would be a 4 star for me....it's a pity, because it's good written, clear, and neutral.
Sharon
Easier read but not fitting to my historical investigation unlike The Perfect Hostage by Justin Wintle.
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Bora Hourt
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She is one of the most inspiring democracy activists.
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