Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border” as Want to Read:
Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Betrayed by the British, the Karen of Burma have been locked in a titanic, sixty-year struggle for survival against the Burmese military regime, their story ignored by the rest of the world. Journalist Phil Thornton spent five years on the Thai-Burma border, crossing illegally into the Karen State scores of times to find the families, freedom fighters, teachers, and medics ...more
paperback, 220 pages
Published 2006 by Asia Books
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Restless Souls, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Restless Souls

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 54)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Joshua Buhs
Perhaps distilled into a magazine article, this piece of journalism would have been good. That way the inetresting stories could have been concentrated, rather than strewn about with standard refugee drama. And perhaps then the author's very light self-awareness would not have been so much a problem. Occassionally, he points out that he is privileged, and only an observer, but he does not dig deep into these--in what way is his journalism, say, parasitical on the people he is trying to expose to ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Helki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in Burma; Karen
This is a fascinating non-fiction book about the Karen people of Burma, who have been under attack by the Burmese central government for around 50 years. The book covers an American ex-military officer who leads an elite unit of Karen fighters; the gem, drugs, people and weapons trade across the Thai-Burmese border near Karen state; the current state of Karen refugees in Thailand; the Karen resistance efforts; and other topics. It's an interesting read regardless of your specific interest in Bur ...more
Alisia Packard
This book was educational in terms of content and had a lot of insightful information regarding the Burma conflict,but the writing style was terrible. My guess is there is a better book on this topic out there.
Kelly Davio
A sensationalized tale of Mae sot. Anyone who has ever lived or worked there will get quite a kick out of his harrowing description.
This book is a good overview of the struggle of the Karen people from Burma, despite the author's biases.
Roman Ginzburg
Story of Mae Sot and the Karen.
Bitter tales that must be told.
Fatsam marked it as to-read
Dec 03, 2014
Spook Harrison
Spook Harrison marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2014
Magirosa marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2014
Lauren is currently reading it
Mar 10, 2014
Lana Taylor
Lana Taylor marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2014
John marked it as to-read
Oct 03, 2013
Zoe Lechowicz
Zoe Lechowicz marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2013
Emma marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2013
UH Mānoa CSEAS marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2013
Rachel Imms
Rachel Imms marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2012
susan marked it as to-read
Jul 21, 2012
Kelli Marko
Kelli Marko marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Casuals: Football, Fighting & Fashion: The Story of a Terrace Cult Brilliant Economics: Making Sense of Big Ideas Casuals: The Story of a Terrace Cult The Great Economists 100% pure wool 'Life in a Northern new town'

Share This Book