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.
Former State Department Speechwriter, and Award-Winning Journalist Rena Pederson’s THE BURMA SPRING brings fresh details to light about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi—the inspiration for Burma’s (now called Myanmar)first steps towards democracy and the most admired voice for freedom in the world today. Suu Kyi's party is poised to win the majority in the 2015 elections, a revolutionary step after years of military dictatorship. Gleaned from exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from fifteen years of house arrest, as well as previously undisclosed diplomatic cables from Wikileaks, Pederson reveals new twists to this extraordinary story.One of the most surprising to American readers will be the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi while she was under arrest; And why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into the “Burma Spring.” Juxtaposed with the difficulties and dangers Pederson experienced while reporting in Burma, this is a never before seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and the often fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi’s has fought a life-and-death struggle for freedom and democracy in this fascinating part of the world.
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.