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Under the Dragon: A Journey Through Burma (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) Paperback – 30 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd; Reprint edition (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845116224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845116224
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A work of great political commitment, powered above all by the authors outrage at the injustices, brutalisation and mass violation of human rights that he witnessed in Burma. Yet for all its pain, 'Under the Dragon' is a beautiful book. It remains his masterpiece; and in the light of the continuing tragedy in Burma is now more relevant than ever.' --William Dalrymple

'Exceptional insight and sensitivity, beautifully crafted and poignant... Maclean is a maverick among travel writers, his talent is multifaceted... Until the Burmese are free to determine their own lives then the pages of this wonderful book are as close as I will be getting to Burma.' --Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times

'Shines with an almost unbearable poignancy...a beautiful insight into this unhappy land…a book which marvellously extends the conventional confines of travel writing.' --Colin Thubron, The Times

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The memory of a brief visit to Burma had haunted Rory MacLean for years. A decade after the violent suppression of an unarmed national uprising, which cost thousands of lives and all hopes for democracy, he seized the chance to return. Travelling from Rangoon to Mandalay and Pagan, into the heart of the Golden Triangle, he hears stories of ordinary people struggling to survive under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the world and meets Aung San Suu Kyi, perhaps the most courageous woman of our time and the embodiment of all Burma's hope. On his journey MacLean exposes the tragedy of a hundred betrayals. "Under the Dragon" is a perceptive and heartbreaking portrayal of contemporary Burma, a country that is shot through with desperation and fear, but also blessed - even in the darkest places - with beauty and courage.

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