By Jesper Bengtsson
The chief of Burma’s democracy circulate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has joined Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama within the worldwide pantheon of these whose lives are devoted to freedom. through the international, she is linked to a calm fight for democracy and human rights. yet what's she fairly like? What drives her to make such huge, immense own sacrifices for her country?
Jesper Bengtsson offers a portrait of 1 of today’s most important political activists. He chronicles her heritage because the daughter of Burma’s liberation hero Aung San, the years she spent in England and long island, and her go back to Burma within the Nineteen Eighties. First positioned less than residence arrest through the army junta in 1989, she spent fifteen of the following twenty-one years in captivity, separated from her husband and children.
Throughout that interval, she remained a unifying determine and activist for Burma’s democracy move. offered the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she observed her attractiveness and her overseas stature develop the longer she was once less than condo arrest. Upon her free up in November 2010, she instantly took up her paintings with the democracy stream and proved that she continues to be an important political strength in Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s skill to impact humans and repressive regimes displays not just her own aura and braveness but in addition her devotion to at least one of the nice problems with our occasions: what's worthy for democracy to conform from a deeply authoritarian method?
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Aung San Suu Kyi: A Biography by Jesper Bengtsson