This book is a great compilation of modern pieces from authors across the Burma field, from academics to activists. Khin Oo's piece on corruption and economics in particular stands out as well researched and insightful. Anyone who listened to President Bush's call for freedom around the world would do well to read this book to learn more about the suffering in Burma and how the United States can help.
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Dominic J Nardi (FreeDom4)
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more
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"Reflecting much of the moral appeal and political authority of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself, the contributors to Burma's Modern Tragedy clearly have a mission not only to inform and educate Americans about the systemic pattern of economic deterioration, political repression, state-supported violence, and environmental degradation in Burma -- but also to 'tell their story' to the international community, to influence those in a position to shape policy and the allocation of Western economic, military, and intelligence resources, and to cultivate an informed humanitarian response from citizens across the English-speaking world. They have succeeded admirably This book is likely to be used by faculty in English-speaking colleges and universities who are teaching about culture, recent history, economics, and politics in southeast Asia -- both as a text and as a research tool to help cover the all-too-frequent gap when it comes to 'Myanmar.'... I extend my heartfelt congratulations to both the editors of Burma's Modern Tragedy and the Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd. for exhibiting the intellectual and moral courage to tell the truth about Burma and to vividly share the plight of the diverse people of Burma in the face of cruel authoritarian repression and the daily exercise of totalitarian control over their lives in scholarly and personal terms." - (From the Commendatory Preface) Professor Roderic L. Owen, Mary Baldwin College; "The media each day ...