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Freedom from Fear - collected writings from the Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi's collected writings - edited by her late husband, whom the ruling military junta prevented from visiting Burma as he was dying of cancer - reflects her greatest hopes and fears for her fellow Burmese people, and her concern about the need for international co-operation in the continuing fight for Burma's freedom. Bringing together her most powerful speeches, letters and interviews, this remarkable collection gives a voice to Burma's 'woman of destiny', whose fate remains in the hands of her enemies. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and leader of Burma's National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the world's greatest living defenders of freedom and democracy, and an inspiration to millions worldwide. This book sits alongside Nelson Mandela's memoir Long Walk to Freedom. 'This book is bound to become a classic for a new generation of Asians who value democracy even more highly than Westerners do, simply because they are deprived of the basic freedoms that Westerners take for granted'The New York Times 'Aung San Suu Kyi's extraordinary achievement has been to confront the regime peacefully, reasonably and persuasively... [in] one of the most laudable continuing acts of political courage' Financial Times 'Such is the depth of passion and learning that she brings to her writings about national identity and its links with culture and language that she has attracted the admiration of intellectuals around the world' Sunday Times Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, where she remained for almost 15 of the 21 years until her release in 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She is also the author of Letters from Burma.read more
Aung San Suu Kyi is the pre-democracy opposition leader in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. She has been kept under detention for most of the past two decades. Her party, the National League for Democracy, won an overwhelming victory in 1990 elections but was denied power by the military, which has ruled since 1962. She is still being held by the government of Myanmar.read more
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Aung San Suu Kyi stands alongside Nelson Mandela as a hero of our time and so, I very much looked forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, heroes are not necessarily great authors and, to make matters worse, this was not a text written to be produced in book form, but a series of articles for newspapers and journals. This leads to quite large chunks of information being repeated: an entirely legitimate situation when the articles were appearing in different magazines, and quite possibly in different parts of the World; but less so in this book. The fact that these were articles also affected the writing style: I am sure that, were Aung San Suu Kyl to have intended this as a coherent single entity, she would have made changes.I would also criticise the article about her father for a lack of objectivity. This again, is understandable but, as the saintly man becomes more and more a paragon of all that is righteous and anyone who disagrees slowly turns into a pantomime villain, Suu Kyi's credibility starts to suffer.I could be wrong, but I get the feeling that this was a cynical piece of publishing. Some editor decided that 'this woman' was making a name for herself and that any book bearing her name would fly off the shelves. I did not feel any the wiser for the reading of this tome and, therefore, reluctantly, only offer it three stars.read more
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