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Peter Popham's major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have captivated people around the globe Celebrated today as one of the world's greatest exponents of non violent political defiance since Mahatma Gandhi she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only four years after her first experience of politicsIn April 1988 Suu Kyi retur. The Lady and the Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Peter Popham is a biography of the current State Councillor akin to PM of Myanmar and a figure of great interest in the West Suu Kyi is the daughter of the founder of BurmaMyanmar Aung San who united the country against British colonial rule fought with the Japanese in WWII and eventually came out as President of the country only to be assassinated mere months into his term After this various military juntas ruled the country and this trend has continued right up to the easing of control in 2016 Suu Kyi s mother was a low level politician with duties in the Foreign Affairs sphere of Myanmar ostentatiously to see her removed from Myanmar proper Suu Kyi left the country and settled in the United Kingdom for many years married a local professor on Bhutanese culture and was involved in academic circles in the UK She returned to Myanmar to care for her sick mother and became embroiled in local political troubles during the 8888 uprising which was forcefully put down by the military regime with hundreds killed Suu Kyi became the focal point for those hoping for a democratic transition of political power in Myanmar This was because of her background as the daughter of Aung San At first she was reluctant to become involved as she was a wife and mother of two kids in the UK However she was won over to the democratic cause and formed the National League for Democracy NLD as a political party and struggle group in Myanmar She began to meet with local politicians military leaders and civilians in Yangon formerly Rangoon and traveled the country meeting with local peoples across Myanmar This led to the 1990 s general election which the military held to try and claim legitimacy for their rule The NLD one a large majority of seats 80% with 59% of the popular vote The military then claimed the winning party would not form a government as a constitution for the country needed to be created Suu Kyi and much of the NLD leadership was arrested at this time Suu Kyi would spend much of the following decade under house arrest even though her husband in the UK suffered a terrible illness and passed away The book ends basically with her in house arrest it was written before her release and subseuent elevation to high political status in Myanmar I will be frank by saying I did not enjoy this book Popham s account pf Suu Kyi is sometimes interesting but feels disjointed His biography is glowing in its account sometimes bafflingly so Popham refers to Suu Kyi as saintly Gandhi like and references her great beauty numerous times He focuses solely on perceived character traits and little on actions facts or even politics His references to her physical appearance her dress and so on seems insulting to a politician The book also fails in my opinion from its lack of political information Suu Kyi is leader of a political party that struggled for many years to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Myanmar s ruling elite Why is their so little information on the inner workings of the NLD Why so little information on Suu Kyi s strategic thought Most of the book is on her travels throughout Myanmar and has little to do with Myanmar s political history I may be spoiled somewhat with the uality of biography I have been reading of late but Popham s book did not sit well with me Although there are some interesting tidbits of information here and there the biography comes off as shallow overly praiseworthy and of little substance Frankly I will recommend a hard skip on this work especially as Suu Kyi s political career in the leadership has just begun as of 2016 She has also become involved in the Rohingya Muslim issues affecting Myanmar as she has failed to criticize the Rohingya massacres and is on record stating Rohingya are not Burmese and do not belong in Myanmar A mixed character at times seeming like Burma s Gandhi and at times like an aristocratic daughter of the former President Suu Kyi is a developing figure who s fascinating career will one day be written about in an excellent biography This one however is not worth the time

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The Lady and the Peacock

Splaying dazzling courage in the process Under house arrest for 15 of the previous 20 years she has come close to being killed by her political enemies and her commitment to peaceful revolution has come at extreme personal costIn November 2010 after fraudulent elections in which she played no part Suu Kyi was again freed She was greeted by ecstatic crowds but only time will tell what role this remarkable woman will have in the future of her countr. Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable figure She is a peaceful fighter for her country s freedom a winner of the Noble Peace Prize and an inspiration to many around the globe who yearn for freedom from all sorts of oppressions She seems to be the rightful heir to some other giants of the non violent struggle in recent times notably Marthin Luther King Jr and Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi She is eually admired for her determination and resilience as well as the simple and unassuming charisma that she has exhibited over the course of almost uarter of a century of involvement in Burmese politics This is a very well written and detailed book about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi the Lady from the title and to the much lesser extent about the Burmese pro democracy party that she is heading the peacock The book covers some of the lesser known aspects of Suu Kyi s life including parts of her private life that have been hinted at in the media but have in large part remained hidden In fact it s the personal aspects of her struggle that I find the most heart rending and painful to read about The sacrifice of separation form her family and the inability to be at her husband s side during his dying days would have been too much to bear for anyone Even though Suu Kyi is by any account a heroic figure it remains unclear how effective her tactics have been in bringing the change and reform to Burma Popham paints a very sympathetic picture of her political engagement but after reading this book I am left feeling that Suu Kyi might lack the savvy and political shrewdness necessary to be an effective agent of change However this is all very speculative as the political situation in Burma can often defy all rational expectations Even though this is a very interesting and readable book it is not without a couple of shortcomings For one Suu Kyi herself primarily due to her severe isolation been able to contribute much direct material for a biography of this kind Most of the material on which the book was based comes from second and third hand sources Further the arrangement of the material does not follow a strictly linear progression in time The narrative jumps back and forth a couple of times which can be mildly annoying Overall I really liked this book but I really hope that one day Suu Kyi will be able to write an autobiography and one with a very happy ending despite all the travails she had gone through

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Ned from Britain to Burma to nurse her sick mother but within six months found herself the unchallenged leader of the largest popular revolt in her country's history When the party she co founded won a landslide victory in Burma's first free elections for thirty years she was already under house arrest and barred from taking office by the military juntaSince then 'The Lady' has set about transforming her country ethically as well as politically di. This is a stirring if a bit detached biography of Aung San Suu Kyi As she currently runs for office with newly arranged elections in Myanmar her country has been difficult and taken a toll on her life Aung San Suu Kyi was born after World War II as her father was negotiating liberation from Great Britain At age 3 her father Aung San was assassinated by rivals one year before the freedom he had been fighting for was reality Eventually Aung San Suu Kyi and her older brothers with their mother left for India where she grew up in privileged boarding schools She was able to see how Mahatma Gandhi led the Indian people to freedom with Neru and other supporters Later she moved to Britain where she attended Oxford married a British husband and had two children Aung San Suu Kyi never lost her Burmese language or culture because she spoke it with her family and visited there yearly Eventually her mother returned to live there She was aware of the turmoil and military rule of SLORC but promised not to get involved in government in order to visit In 1988 the junta announced elections and Aung San Suu Kyi returned to care for her mother She eventually announced plans to form a party Winning elections by a landslide the junta detained her and tried to force her to leave Her children went back to Britain and were not allowed back Her husband had to leave From 1990 to 1995 she was detained under house arrest She was freed and allowed to travel through Rangoon She constantly tried to move freely through the country but was prevented In 1996 her motorcade was attacked and there was an attempt to assassinate her 200 followers died but she survived The book details all major aspects of Aung San s life but because of the reluctance of Aung San to favor biographers the author has only a limited sense of her as a person Most of the 2000s she was under severe detention where very few saw or spoke to her She was suddenly released in 2011 and even the Secretary of State has been able to see her Myanmar has pledged to change


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  1. says:

    The Lady and the Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Peter Popham is a biography of the current State Councillor akin to PM of Myanmar and a figure of great interest in the West Suu Kyi is the daughter of the founder of BurmaMyanmar Aung San who united the country against British colonial rule fought with the Japanese in WWII and eventually came out as President of the country only to be assassinated mere months into his term A

  2. says:

    Biographies of living people during rapidly changing times have to be difficult for the person who is the subject the author and sometimes even the readers But author Peter Popham's The Lady and the Peacock has been done well and his extensive experience as a journalist shows through The black white dust jacket cover photo by Joachim Ladefoge

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    This was a really good comprehensive overview of Aung San Suu Kyi's life and recent Burmese history neither of

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    This book has a number of serious defaults all of which are alerted to the reader or buyer upfront Author Peter Popham does not speak Burmese makes no claim to know Burma and had only met the author twice at the time this book was published He

  5. says:

    This is a stirring if a bit detached biography of Aung San Suu Kyi As she currently runs for office with newly arranged elections in Myanmar her country has been difficult and taken a toll on her life Aung San Suu Kyi was born after World War II as her father was negotiating liberation from Great Britain At age 3 her father Aung San was assassinated by rivals one year before the freedom he had been fighting for was reality Eventu

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    A solid 35 stars bumped up to 4 Very well researched and clearly written Popham is a journalist and knows how to tell a story And what a story it is This book goes up to the end of 2010 and Popham has now written a

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    There is no denying that Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable person and there is a fair amount of interesting detail But the author has at times rather obscured this with gushing as her delicate beauty and the incessant references to her fringe an

  8. says:

    Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable figure She is a peaceful fighter for her country’s freedom a winner of the Noble Peace Prize and an inspiration to many around the globe who yearn for freedom from all sorts of oppressions She seems to be the rightful heir to some other giants of the non violent struggle in recent times notably Marthin Luthe

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    The Definitive Biography of Aung San Suu KyiHow did Aung San Suu Kyi become one of the world’s most admired figures an advocate of Gandhian style nonviolent opposition to the radical Socialist tyrannical military dictatorship that has ruled Burma for decades? In Peter Popham’s definitive biography of her “The Lady

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    All right sit back and relax because this is going to be a doozy of a review I have many many thoughts about this bookFirst off let me start by saying that I started this book with a completely open mind When I started this book I knew nothing about Burma I didn't even know that Burma was Myanmar I had a fuzzy idea that Burma was part of India and that's what I started with So my judgment of this book is not in