-- Entertainment Weekly, 1 December 2006
'A fine memoir, vivid in detail, and unapologetically emotive.' -- Irish Times
'Brilliant . . . a balanced, thoughtful and serious history.' -- The New Yorker, 11 December 2006
'Eloquently and mournfully recites the dismal history of the last
half century.' -- New York Times, 13 December 2006
'Fascinating . . . gives us both the savory details and the
cruelties of colonialism, as well as a feel for palace intrigue.'
-- Time Magazine, 11 January 2007
'Greatly engaging ... eloquent, often vivid.'
'It is hard to imagine a more thought-provoking or eloquently
written elucidation of Burma's afflictions and their causes.' -- Sunday Times
'Splendid ... writes with both the passion and insight of an
insider and the erudition of a scholarly observer.' -- History Book Club
'Thant Myint-U's passionate and personal journey into Burma's
half-forgotten, neglected past is a delight to read.' -- Straits Times, 23 December 2006
'[A] brisk, vivid history of Burma.'
-- The Wall Street Journal, 7 December 2006