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The Burma Spring
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The Burma Spring
Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation
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Aung San Suu Kyi—Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today—comes alive through this brilliant rendering of Burma's tumultuous history

Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspiration for Burma's (now Myanmar) first steps towards democracy. Suu Kyi's party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a revolutionary breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story.

The Burma Spring will also surprise readers by revealing the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. Pederson provides a never before seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured and the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi's has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty in this fascinating part of the world.

Aung San Suu Kyi—Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today—comes alive through this brilliant rendering of Burma's tumultuous history

Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi: the inspiration for Burma's (now Myanmar) first steps towards democracy. Suu Kyi's party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a revolutionary breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story.

The Burma Spring will also surprise readers by revealing the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. Pederson provides a never before seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured and the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi's has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty in this fascinating part of the world.

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  • Rena Pederson teaches writing at Southern Methodist University. She has written on Burma for the Huffington Post, The Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor.  Pederson was the Editorial Page Editor at the Dallas Morning News, has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board, and is the author of The Lost Apostle and What's Next?, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently a commentator on Dallas Public Radio and lives in Dallas, Texas.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 22, 2014
    Journalist Pederson (The Lost Apostle) delivers a penetrating portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy party, in a thoughtful biography that reveals the “moody, temperamental” side of its charismatic and visionary subject. Pederson opens with a 2003 covert interview with “The Lady,” whose prodemocracy campaign in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has earned her a place in history. A nation rich in natural resources, Myanmar now ranks among the world’s poorest after years of military rule, and Pederson traveled to the new capital, Naypyidaw (a $4 billion monument to dictator Than Shwe), at great personal risk while conducting her research. Suu Kyi—an Oxford graduate, daughter of a martyred general and ambassador, and leader since 1988 of the opposition party—remained under house arrest on and off until 2010, with long separations from her family, and inspired First Lady Laura Bush to take an active role working with the U.N. to bring humanitarian aid to Myanmar. Pederson charts Myanmar’s “winter thaw,” which earned Suu Kyi a seat in Parliament, and while Suu Kyi’s fearlessness and Buddhist faith have carried her far, observers continue to wonder what impact her work will have on a country that has stymied U.S. presidents since Reagan. Photos.

  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2015

    Veteran journalist and former U.S. State Department speechwriter Pederson (writing, Southern Methodist Univ.; The Lost Apostle) tells the story of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and the country she hopes one day to lead, Burma. Although focused predominantly on telling Suu Kyi's story--she remained under house arrest for most of the years from 1989 to 2010--Pederson devotes space to contextualizing her subject's struggle for democracy within the history of postcolonial Burma and detailing the atrocities and political miscalculations committed by the generals in charge, thus making Suu Kyi's quiet defiance of the military junta that much more remarkable. One of the more fascinating disclosures readers will learn about is the extent to which Laura Bush (who wrote the foreword to the book) kept Suu Kyi and Burma on the agenda in policy circles within the Bush Administration. VERDICT Those following Burmese affairs may not find many revelations. However, readers seeking more than the occasional headline will find a compelling story deserving of greater international recognition. Recommended for readers of international affairs, world politics, and democracy movements.--Chris Sauder, Round Rock P.L., TX

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal A compelling story deserving of greater international recognition. Recommended for readers of international affairs, world politics, and democracy movements.
  • Benedict Rogers, human rights activist and author of BURMA: A Nation at the Crossroads Impressively researched and compellingly written, Rena Pederson has woven together the epic journey of Aung San Suu Kyi with the turbulent story of her country, Burma, in a fascinating and inspiring way.
  • Kirkus Reviews Pederson evokes the quiet, stubborn dignity of this rather improbable political icon. She draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader.
  • Publishers Weekly Journalist Pederson delivers a penetrating portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy party, in a thoughtful biography that reveals the 'moody, temperamental' side of its charismatic and visionary subject.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the towering figures of our age: a tireless champion of democracy, freedom and reconciliation. Rena Pederson captures Suu Kyi as few others have, producing a vivid account of the life of this remarkable woman. The Burma Spring is a valuable resource for anyone interested in contemporary Burma.
  • The Dallas Morning News Writing a biography of a living legend is never easy, especially when the living legend is legendarily inaccessible. Rena Pederson has managed to break through the difficulties to publish a thick, fascinating biography. Pederson's book is as much a biography of Burma as it is a biography of a courageous, charismatic woman who has risked her life to end the dark ages through political activism. An important book.
  • Booklist (starred review) The riveting story of Suu Kyi's brutal imprisonment, deplorable maltreatment,astonishing inner strength, and ultimate survival is told with a historian's appreciation for context and circumstance by journalist and former State Department speechwriter Pederson in a complex and sweeping history of Burma's centuries-old struggle to maintain a closed society, yet manifest its power on a global scale.
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