Perfect Hostage

Perfect Hostage

A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience

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WW Norton
Burma is a country where, as one senior UN official puts it, "just to turn your head can mean imprisonment or death." Aung San Suu Kyi is considered to be Burma's best hope for freedom, and, because of her unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance to the country's brutal military junta, she has been under house arrest since 1989. Elected Prime Minister, she was prevented from taking office, but despite failing health, vilification at the hands of the Burmese media, and actual imprisonment in one of the world's most appalling jails, Suu Kyi has persevered in a campaign of nonviolent protest as unflagging as those of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In Perfect Hostage, the most thorough biography of Suu Kyi to date, Justin Wintle tells both the story of the Burmese people and the story of an ordinary person who became a hero.

"She's my hero."—Bono

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

"It is time for all respectable members of the international community to put weight behind their words and take active measures to secure the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people."
—Senator John McCain
"The trouble is that I know too much."—Aung San Suu Kyi

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the Burmese activist minister and non-violence advocate describes the factors that contributed to her house arrest in 1989, her work to promote non-aggressive civil resistance, and her receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Perseus Publishing
Burma is a country where, as one senior UN official puts it, "just to turn your head can mean imprisonment or death." Aung San Suu Kyi is considered to be Burma's best hope for freedom, and, because of her unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance to the country's brutal military junta, she has been under house arrest since 1989. Elected Prime Minister, she was prevented from taking office, but despite failing health, vilification at the hands of the Burmese media, and actual imprisonment in one of the world's most appalling jails, Suu Kyi has persevered in a campaign of nonviolent protest as unflagging as those of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In Perfect Hostage, the most thorough biography of Suu Kyi to date, Justin Wintle tells both the story of the Burmese people and the story of an ordinary person who became a hero.

"She's my hero."?Bono

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant."
?Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

"It is time for all respectable members of the international community to put weight behind their words and take active measures to secure the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people."
?Senator John McCain


Norton Pub
Burma is a country where, as one senior UN official puts it, "just to turn your head can mean imprisonment or death." Aung San Suu Kyi is considered to be Burma's best hope for freedom, and, because of her unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance to the country's brutal military junta, she has been under house arrest since 1989. Elected Prime Minister, she was prevented from taking office, but despite failing health, vilification at the hands of the Burmese media, and actual imprisonment in one of the world's most appalling jails, Suu Kyi has persevered in a campaign of nonviolent protest as unflagging as those of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In Perfect Hostage, the most thorough biography of Suu Kyi to date, Justin Wintle tells both the story of the Burmese people and the story of an ordinary person who became a hero.

"She's my hero."—Bono

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

"It is time for all respectable members of the international community to put weight behind their words and take active measures to secure the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people."
—Senator John McCain


Burma is a country where, as one senior UN official puts it, "just to turn your head can mean imprisonment or death." Aung San Suu Kyi is considered to be Burma's best hope for freedom, and, because of her unwavering commitment to nonviolent resistance to the country's brutal military junta, she has been under house arrest since 1989. Elected Prime Minister, she was prevented from taking office, but despite failing health, vilification at the hands of the Burmese media, and actual imprisonment in one of the world's most appalling jails, Suu Kyi has persevered in a campaign of nonviolent protest as unflagging as those of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In Perfect Hostage, the most thorough biography of Suu Kyi to date, Justin Wintle tells both the story of the Burmese people and the story of an ordinary person who became a hero.

"She's my hero."—Bono

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

"It is time for all respectable members of the international community to put weight behind their words and take active measures to secure the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people."
—Senator John McCain

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


Book News
This is a biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader held under house arrest by the military junta currently in charge of Burma (Myanmar). The first half of the biography largely consists of a historical overview of the country's history and the biography of Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi's father, the revolutionary nationalist general who was assassinated six months before the independence of Burma, both valuable for those less familiar with the political context and legacy that have shaped Aung San Suu Kyi and her role in Burmese society. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., 2007
ISBN: 9781602392663
1602392668
Characteristics: xxxi, 464 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm

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