Aung San Suu Kyi: Fearless Voice of Burma (Lerner Biographies)

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A biography of the Burmese leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 while under house arrest.

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A solid and informative entry in the Newsmakers Biographies series. Almost from birth Aung San Suu Kyi was involved in the political movement to free Burma from first the British and later from a series of corrupt and repressive regimes. Her father, a general in the Burmese army during WW II, was a prime mover in the struggle to free his country from the British and had just about come to terms with them when he was brutally assassinated. Having lost both her father and any hope of freedom, Suu Kyi resolved to carry on in his place. Stewart covers Suu Kyi's marriage and travels, her experience on the world political scene, the events that took her back to Rangoon in 1988, and the reasons that she remains there, now the recipient of the Nobel Prize for peace, to this day. The tone is admiring but balanced in this sturdy, well-researched volume, illustrated with both full-color and black-and-white photographs. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 7-10. This is an interesting, easy-to-read biography of the leader who, despite her politically active background, lived a peaceful scholar's life in England until she returned to Burma to care for her ailing mother in 1988. Suu Kyi became involved in the great resistance movement for democracy in her homeland, which eventually led to her house arrest from 1989-1995. She became an inspiration to her people and ultimately was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Stewart emphasizes that democracy has not been fully achieved in Burma and that Suu Kyi's resolve continues to give hope to her country. Full-color and black-and-white photos add much to this inspiring biography, which presents more personal information on Suu Kyi and her family than John Parenteau's Prisoner for Peace (M. Reynolds, 1994). A fine introduction to the current quest for change in Burma.?Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
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