I thoroughly enjoyed sections of this book and found it very informative. However, I did not read it all, and concentrated particularly on the history of the country from the deposition of the last king, Thibaw, by the British in 1886, to the present day. As I visited Burma last month as a tourist, I felt it was important to understand how it had arrived at its present state. From this point of view the book was an ideal companion for my visit. Thant Myint-U writes a vivid and heartfelt account of his country's problems, suggesting that progress will be made only if Burma opens up, allows tourism to develop, is not subject to further hard line sanctions, but accepts outside influence and help. As this book was first published some five years ago, he hopefully feels that things are moving in the right direction, though the future is by no means certain. Reading this book gave me a deeper appreciation of Burma and enriched my visit.