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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. 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 and The Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi he describes how a shy academically oriented daughter The Lady of Burma s George Washington or Simon Bolivar Aung San would become a living symbol of the democratic aspirations of her fellow Burmans He takes us on a compelling riveting journey spanning decades from her birth to the present noting how Aung San Suu Kyi was greatly influenced by the British oriented education she received in India and in Great Britain the latter at one of Oxford University s newer colleges and realizing that she had an obligation to her late father and her mother who was Burma s ambassador to India during much of Suu Kyi s youth in affirming the democratic aspirations of her people even as she spent years away from Burma residing in India Great Britain and the United States Popham s book is also an excellent account of the rise and fall of The Peacock the National League of Democracy the political party created by Suu Kyi and several other notable Burmese dissidents in which many of its leading figures have been imprisoned or forced into exile by the Burmese government In other words Popham has written an important uite insightful account of modern Burmese history as seen through the eyes of Suu Kyi and her colleagues in the National League of Democracy I salute Popham for giving us a most comprehensive account on the life and career of a person whose nonviolent opposition towards her government continues to inspire many across the globe

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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. 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 Ladefoged taken her house arrest back 1998 offers a tiny preview of what s to be found here as we see her riveting eyes looking out at usThe Lady and the Peacock the final chapters are yet to be writtenThere are few in the world today who draw the esteem and respect that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi does considering her almost lifelong efforts concerning the struggle for democracy as an almost iconic figurehead Author Popham brings the reader through Burma s recent history offering the political background behind the country Suu Kyi s family and father Aung San who founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma s independence from the British Empire in 1947 He was assassinated by rivals in the same year when Suu Kyi was two years oldPeter Popham takes us to where Suu Kyi seemed destined to travel which she did She grew up in India where her mother served as ambassador studied in the UK at Oxford and worked for three years at the UN in New York Working for UN Secretary General U Thant she also did volunteer work at New York City s Belleview Hospital She married author and scholar Michael Aris in 1972 whom she had met while they were in college After spending a year in Bhutan they established themselves in North Oxford in the UK where they raised their two sons Alexander and Kim During this time he did postgrad studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London and obtained a PhD in Tibetan literature in 1978But in 1988 Aung San Suu Kyi returned from Britain to Burma to nurse her sick mother and within six months found herself to be the unchallenged leader of the largest popular revolt in her country s history going from being an collegiate mother in Oxford to a nationally and then a recognized political leader around the worldWhen the National League for Democracy NLD party she co founded won a victory in Burma s first free elections for thirty years winning 392 out of a total 489 seats 80% of the seats a true landslide But the military refused to recognize their right to take office and responded by imprisoning party members and supporters Suu Kyi was herself already under house arrest and barred from taking office by the military junta And it was during this inconceivably painful period of seclusion that she fell back on her Buddhist faith and meditationNational League for Democracy NLD peacock logoOver the past two decades she suffered for a total of fifteen years under house arrest and at a terrible personal toll When she learned that her husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1999 the Burmese regime refused to grant him a visa to visit her She knew that if she went to see him in the UK she would not be allowed back into Burma again and as a result the couple was never able to say their final farewells to each otherThe words of Ma Thanegi a Burmese writer and artist who became Aung San Suu Kyi s personal aide during the lead up to the elections of 1990 play heavily here as extracts from her diaries are reproduced in this book Through her words we are offered a human view of the very private Aung San Suu Kyi We see a woman who could gleefully sing old 1950s hits and who played the board game Monopoly with such intensity that she and her husband finally agreed to stop playing together to prevent suabblesOther extracts show Suu Kyi s bravery standing up to the Burmese Army along with her annoyances with the challenges and hardships of being on the road in Burma We see her frustrations while dealing with older established politicians in Burma some of whom appeared to be sincerely committed to working together to bring change to Burma but in actual practice were driven solely by their own ambitionsThere are things that stand out in this book such as the 45 black white photos of Aung San Suu Kyi her family and those who influenced her life These include images from her youth her college the house in Rangoon where she was detained for than fifteen years members of the Myanmar junta her NLD party compatriots and a final one with Hillary Clinton during her visit to Suu Kyi s home in December 2011 Before the prologue there s a map of Burma showing the adjacent countries and with an inset of Rangoon All of these offer us visual understanding into her life and surroundingsThe author gives us some good insight into Suu Kyi character her sometimes irreverent sense of humor her sense of traditions her moral commitment her alleged stubbornness and much Yet there s a two dimensional feel to all of this a detached style of writing to all of it In many parts the book reads like a novel making it easy to understand how and why the military junta has been able to sustain its power but also how Suu Kyi and her colleagues were able to effectively provide a powerful alternative to the generals On the other hand there are sections where it seems to bog down where we become immersed in too much detail to the point of distractionThough there s often an almost ponderous feel to this book author Peter Popham provides us with an excellent glossary of Burmese terms in the back of the book a well done index a list of names with explanations of the roles of the people and a thorough list of books and references for further readingSuu Kyi s 1991 book Freedom from Fear describes Burma s political intellectual and literary history in her own words along with her essay My Father a biographical portrait of the father of modern Burma and contains an introduction by her late husband Michael Aris But it is her other work Letters from Burma where she talks about her country her people and about herself in this collection of essays written in the mid 1990 s for a Japanese newspaper Through her own words we see the misfortunes of her people in the most natural and unruffled way as if she was narrating about everyday lifeAuthor Popham s The Lady and the Peacock The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi cannot be described as spellbinding nor is it easy to get through in many places But it s thorough journalism and as an introduction for those wanting to learn about Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi it s a solid 4 star read worthwhile especially for those who only know of Suu Kyi through television clips and news snippetsIn November 2010 after the duplicitous elections in which she played no part Suu Kyi was again freed She was greeted by jubilant crowds but only time will tell what role this extraordinary woman will have in the future of her beloved country The Lady and the Peacock tells this story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her ongoing struggle for democracy but it s a story that remains to be fully toldNote this review appeared earlier on com in a slightly different format7262012 The Lady and the Peacock

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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


10 thoughts on “The Lady and the Peacock

  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

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    Biographies of living people during rapidly changing times have to be difficult for the person who is the subject the author and sometimes even

  3. says:

    This was a really good comprehensive overview of Aung San Suu Kyi's life and recent Burmese history neither of which I knew very much about going in democracy activist Nobel Peace Prize winner house arrest repressive? You could've fit my knowledge on the back of a generous matchbook The book is incredibly readable which

  4. says:

    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

  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

  6. says:

    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 second volume to bring the story up to the present I look forward to reading itIf you want to lear

  7. says:

    There is no denying that Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable person and there is a fair amount of interesting detail

  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 a

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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 dictato

  10. says:

    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 sta