The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 15 may. 2007 - 384 páginas

For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma—through sanctions and tourist boycotts—only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. But what do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma's past tell us about the present and even its future?


In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling. His maternal grandfather, U Thant, rose from being the schoolmaster of a small town in the Irrawaddy Delta to become the UN secretary-general in the 1960s. And on his father's side, the author is descended from a long line of courtiers who served at Burma's Court of Ava for nearly two centuries. Through their stories and others, he portrays Burma's rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through the decades of British colonialism, the devastation of World War II, and a sixty-year civil war that continues today and is the longest-running war anywhere in the world.


The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling.

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Excellent read. A touch of humor, well-written, hugely informative, and written by an "insider'. tis easy to like this book which I acquired and read while in Myanmar. Leer reseña completa

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Excellent, highly readable and enjoyable overview of the country formerly known as Burma. My number #1 recommendation when a friend asks for an introductory book on Myanmar. One correction: The ... Leer reseña completa

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Debating Burma
31
Pirates and Princes Along the Bay of Bengal
63
The Consequences of Patriotism
88
War
107
Mandalay
131
Transitions
163
Studying in the Age of Extremism
198
Making the Battlefield
220
Alternative Utopias
257
The Tigers Tail
290
Palimpsest
321
Afterword
349
Acknowledgments
369
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Thant Myint-U, born in 1966, was educated at Harvard and Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1999. He has also served on United Nations peacekeeping operations in Cambodia and Bosnia and was more recently the head of policy planning in the UN's Department of Political Affairs. He lives in New York City.

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