River of Lost Footsteps A Personal History of Burma

ISBN-10: 0374531161
ISBN-13: 9780374531164
Edition: 2008
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Description: What do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma’s past tell us about its present and even its future? For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

What do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma’s past tell us about its present and even its future? For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma—through sanctions and tourist boycotts—only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. Now Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, and the story of his own family, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Through his prominent family’s stories and those of others, he portrays Burma’s rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through a sixty-year civil war that continues today—the longest-running war anywhere in the world. The River of Lost Footstepsis a work at once personal and global, a “brisk, vivid history” (Philip Delves Broughton,The Wall Street Journal) that makes Burma accessible and enthralling.

Thant Myint-U, formerly a diplomat with the United Nations, now lives and writes in Bangkok, travelling from there to Burma, India, and China. He is the author of a personal history of Burma,The River of Lost Footsteps(FSG, 2006).  

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