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The Burma Spring (Hardcover)
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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.
Former State Department Speechwriter, and Award-Winning Journalist Rena Pederson’s THE BURMA SPRING brings fresh details to light about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi—the inspiration for Burma’s (now called Myanmar)first steps towards democracy and the most admired voice for freedom in the world today. Suu Kyi's party is poised to win the majority in the 2015 elections, a revolutionary step after years of military dictatorship. Gleaned from exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as previously undisclosed diplomatic cables from Wikileaks, Pederson reveals new twists to this extraordinary story.One of the most surprising to American readers will be the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi while she was under arrest; And why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into the “Burma Spring.” Juxtaposed with the difficulties and dangers Pederson experienced while reporting in Burma, this is a never before seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and the often fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi’s has fought a life-and-death struggle for freedom and democracy in this fascinating part of the world.
About the Author
Rena Pederson teaches writing at Southern Methodist University. She has written on Burma for the Huffington Post, The Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. Pederson was the Editorial Page Editor at the Dallas Morning News, has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board, and is the author of The Lost Apostle and What’s Next?, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently a commentator on Dallas Public Radio and lives in Dallas, Texas.
The riveting story of Suu Kyi’s brutal imprisonment, deplorable maltreatment,astonishing inner strength, and ultimate survival is told with a historian’s appreciation for context and circumstance by journalist and former State Department speechwriter Pederson in a complex and sweeping history of Burma’s centuries-old struggle to maintain a closed society, yet manifest its power on a global scale.
Pederson evokes the quiet, stubborn dignity of this rather improbable political icon. She draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader.
Journalist Pederson delivers a penetrating portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy party, in a thoughtful biography that reveals the ‘moody, temperamental’ side of its charismatic and visionary subject.
Impressively researched and compellingly written, Rena Pederson has woven together the epic journey of Aung San Suu Kyi with the turbulent story of her country, Burma, in a fascinating and inspiring way.
— Benedict Rogers, human rights activist and author of BURMA: A Nation at the Crossroads
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the towering figures of our age: a tireless champion of democracy, freedom and reconciliation. Rena Pederson captures Suu Kyi as few others have, producing a vivid account of the life of this remarkable woman. The Burma Spring is a valuable resource for anyone interested in contemporary Burma.
— Senator Mitch McConnell
A compelling story deserving of greater international recognition. Recommended for readers of international affairs, world politics, and democracy movements.
Writing a biography of a living legend is never easy, especially when the living legend is legendarily inaccessible. Rena Pederson has managed to break through the difficulties to publish a thick, fascinating biography. Pederson’s book is as much a biography of Burma as it is a biography of a courageous, charismatic woman who has risked her life to end the dark ages through political activism. An important book.
An ambitious and necessary work. An illuminating dossier about a heroic
woman and a nation walking, slowly, toward a freer land.