The Lady And The Peacock : The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma
by Peter Popham
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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Peter Popham’s major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi relies on untapped testimony and new revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination captivated people around the globeCelebrated today as one of the greatest representatives of non-violent politics since Mahatma Gandhi, she received the Nobel Peace Prize only four years after her first experience of politicsIn April 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi returned from Great Britain to Burma to her sick mother’s nurse, but within six months found herself, the uncontested leader of the greatest popular revolt in Burma’s historyWhen the party it co-founded won a crushing victory in Burma, the first free elections in thirty years, it was already under house arrest and banned from taking power by the military juntaSince then, the Lady has put on the transformation of her country ethically as well as politically, dazzling display courage in the processUnder the house of arrest for 15 of the past 20 years, she was almost killed by her political enemies and her attachment to peaceful revolution came at extreme personal costIn November 2010, after the fraudulent elections in which she played no role, aung san Suu Kyi was released againShe was greeted by ecstatic crowds, but only time will tell this remarkable woman’s role in the future of her country
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