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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today, comes alive through this brilliant rendering of Burma's tumultuous history.Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspirati ...more
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned so much from this book. There were times I was gasping out loud. Parts of it were very hard to listen to due to the brutality. I didn't know this had gone on and I'm glad I listened to it. Very well written. ...more
DNF @ 20%

This book isn't for me.

I've read 20% and two things are clear to me:

1. This is a biography by an admirer of Aung San Suu Kyi's who seems to have fallen into the trap of lining up one sugar-coated cliche after another; and

2. There has been little critical analysis of the subject so far, and skimming through the rest of the book, there doesn't seem to be much later on either.

It may be that the books publication preceded much of the more recent criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi with respect
Moni P
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this book but a great source of information.
The author was a bit all over the place. The way the book is structured is not the best approach, that might have been the problem. But what do I know, I’m not an author :)
Honestly, listening to some of the stories in the book, I got so sad and sickened to my stomach by the atrocities committed by the military to the people of Burma. I can not believe they are not hold reliable for their actions by the Human Rights and United Nati
Tom Rowe
This book taught me a lot about Burma. The writing was odd. It was almost like a fix-up book in which several essays were thrown together with connecting material. It just wasn't very cohesive with lots of repetition and disjointed timelines. If you want to learn about Burma, I recommend, but be patient with the writing. ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
important book .... read durning the long anticipated elections this past week - i do think it needed an editor as it could have been shortened somewhat - and there were many typos which makes me think it was rushed to the presses - and found that somewhat disconcerting....
Stanley Lee
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
entertaining synopsis of Burma
Nancy L.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and well written book about amazing woman
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will always say this: "The Burma Spring" is THE definitive introduction to Myanmar's political history from the time of independence to just before the 2015 election. It is very well-written, composed around the people who have played such important roles in shaping the political fate of the country, and designed to inform while also entrance the reader. Some of the stories related in this book sound absolutely unreal. Generals dressing up as women to avoid a prophecy coming true? Yep. A Nobel ...more
JL Barber
Biographer spends all chapters making ASSK a Mary Sue. Then in last two chapters finally makes her real. Wish the book had been less of a beatification and more of the actual struggles. I also disliked how often the writer repeated herself.

Book could be half the length and still deliver 95% of information given to the reader.

Last two chapter are 5 stars.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informational and detailed!
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was reading, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters by Cokie Roberts when she mentioned Laura Bush's "determination to bring the plight of the people of Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi to the attention of the world".

I am ashamed to admit that before reading Roberts' book I knew very little about Laura Bush's Burma campaign, Burma itself and who Aung San Suu Kyi was. It whet my appetite and I wanted to learn more about all three.

While long, The Burma Spring is an amazing look at all three, and has left me wi
Informative. Suu kyi's story is inspiring. A few proofreading errors, such as pg. 196, in which i believe the author meant "blackened chicken," not "blackened children." A substantial work in which i would have enjoyed more analysis on the character of the hegemony the US enjoys vis a vis. Burmese despotism than just a few quotes from Suu kyi which point in that direction (on themes such as institutional violence, political prisoners, etc.) Somewhat more detailed analysis of Chinese goings on ar ...more
Jenny T
Pederson, a reporter who has multiple encounters with Aung San Suu Kyi writes the book as the narrator in her travels and observations of Burma. Although somewhat dry at times, the book provides a very thorough background of Suu Kyi and an account of the struggles and issues with the military regime. There were copious amounts of details in unexpected topics. One example is General Ne Win's many superstitions such as the planting of sunflowers for long rule in place of useful crops such as rice. ...more
Kevin Wojciechowski
This book has everything you need to know about the recent history of Burma/Myanmar and the life of Aung Sun Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The deplorable injustices present in Burmas recent history will make your stomach turn, but Suu Kyi's resilience and courage will inspire you. The author does a good job at making a scholarly piece easy and exciting to read. ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fascinated into the details of the whole democratic process which includes all parts of the society, all walks of people. Especially after my recent trip to Myanmar, I could get to know more about this nation's history and could appreciate much more about the present. Good to read. ...more
Barefoot Danger
Informative, but dry to the point of boooorrrrring. Many bizarre mistakes (such as claiming Kurt Cobain died of a heroin overdose!).
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