- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Rider (14 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846043468
- ISBN-13: 978-1846043468
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Burma: A Nation At The Crossroads Paperback – 14 Jun 2012
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"An important introduction to Burma...comprehensive, vivid and powerful" (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
"Serves as a reminder of how far Burma still has to go before it can even begin to resemble a normal, democratic state" (Literary Review)
"A comprehensive introduction to the problem besetting the numerous ethnic nationalities who have suffered the most under the military heel...a remarkably up-to-date analysis" (New Internationalist)
"Drawing on first-hand experiences and extensive research Benedict Rogers vividly tells the story of the people and their struggles" (Daily Express)
"An important introduction to Burma...comprehensive, vivid and powerful"
"Serves as a reminder of how far Burma still has to go before it can even begin to resemble a normal, democratic state"
"A comprehensive introduction to the problem besetting the numerous ethnic nationalities who have suffered the most under the military heel...a remarkably up-to-date analysis"
"Drawing on first-hand experiences and extensive research Benedict Rogers vividly tells the story of the people and their struggles"
The first major book on the contemporary situation in Burma - at a fascinating time of fast-moving change in the countrySee all Product description
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This book covers the main historical events in Burma. The human rights abuses by successive dictatorships are chronicled, as is the brave struggle of the people of Burma to rid themselves of dictatorship. But what makes this book different is the focus and detail on the many different ethnic people in Burma, and on their history and their own struggle for freedom. For the many different ethnic groups in Burma, their experience of repressive dictatorships has been different, and their resistance has taken different paths as well.
Throughout the book, events are brought to life through the powerful personal stories of activists interviewed by the author.
This book isn't stodgy or too academic; it's easy to read yet still comprehensive.
If you want an introduction to Burma, you couldn't do better than buying this book.
Director, Burma Campaign UK
He seems particularly wedded to the idea of the NLD winning power and all will be rosy. There was zero discussion on the economic challenges ASSK would face if in power, for example, how to develop the infrastructure, healthcare, education systems; how to include the rural population (which is the majority) in any economic development. Zero discussion on how equipped the NLD actually are to take power. Zero discussion on the role that members of the international community could or will play in the process of the development of the economy or democratic institutions.
Overall this book is a severely limited discussion of the current situation in Myanmar and a huge disappointment for me. This is a far cry from a critical analysis of how Myanmar's long-term problems are being tackled and what effect new arising tensions are having on the country. Crucially, for me, the author omitted mentioning the optimism that is rapidly growing among the people of this country. This is a country on the move and the people of Myanmar are excited. Get with the times.
Based on 12 years of research, and 40 visits to Burma and its borderlands, the author examines Burma's recent history and the political forces currently at play. The book is unique in weaving together the many strands of Burma's present story: the trials and triumphs of Aung San Suu Kyi and the democracy movement; the struggle of the ethnic national groups; the politics of Burma's military regime; the devastation of Cyclone Nargis; and the courage of Burma's many political prisoners.
Benedict Rogers does not gloss over the significant challenges that still face Burma in its path to democracy and freedom. Yet, he tells a story of passion and hope and gives introduction to some of the remarkable individuals who have been working for Burma's freedom for decades. His book is an invitation to understand the struggle for peace and democracy - and then to join it.
I ‘felt’ the pain experienced by the ethnic groups who have suffered at the hands of an oppressive regime. My eyes filled with tears as I read about the women/children who have been raped and ruthlessly killed by the military.
However, I was also filled with admiration after reading the stories of Dr. Sasa, Zoya Phan, Dr Cynthia Maung and many others who have worked tirelessly to help the people of Burma.
This book is an eye opener and a compelling read! In my opinion everyone should read it!
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