Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography

by Jesper Bengtsson


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The leader of Burma’s democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, has joined Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama in the global pantheon of those whose lives are dedicated to freedom. Throughout the world, she is associated with a peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights. But what is she really like? What drives her to make such enormous personal sacrifices for her country?

Jesper Bengtsson presents a portrait of one of today’s most significant political activists. He chronicles her background as the daughter of Burma’s liberation hero Aung San, the years she spent in England and New York, and her return to Burma in the 1980s. First placed under house arrest by the military junta in 1989, she spent fifteen of the subsequent twenty-one years in captivity, separated from her husband and two children.

Throughout that period, she remained a unifying figure and activist for Burma’s democracy movement. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she saw her reputation and her international stature grow the longer she was under house arrest. Upon her release in November 2010, she immediately took up her work with the democracy movement and proved that she remains the most important political force in Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to affect people and repressive regimes reflects not only her personal charisma and courage but also her devotion to one of the great issues of our times: What is necessary for democracy to evolve from a deeply authoritarian system?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612341590
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jesper Bengtsson is a journalist who has followed developments in Burma for more than a decade. He is the chairman of the Swedish section of the human-rights organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders). The author of Burma: A Journey in the Shadow of the Dictatorship (2007), he has also written editorials for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

1 "I Have Always Felt Free" 1

2 The Swimmer 13

3 The Homecoming 21

4 The Heritage 39

5 The Shots at the Secretariat 61

6 The Election Campaign 77

7 Childhood 95

8 Suu from Burma 111

9 Family Life in a Knapsack 131

10 House Arrest 145

11 The World Wakes Up 157

12 "My Suu" 167

13 The Murder Attempt 185

14 The Saffron Revolution 199

15 All These Anniversaries 211

Sources and Support 225

About the Author 229

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