The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma

The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma

Thant Myint-U

The River of misplaced Footsteps is especially a straight-forward background of Burma, targeting the fashionable interval (with approximately part the e-book at the final sixty years or so), yet together with previous (ancient and medieval)history in addition. it really is fast moving, very well-written, and whole of colorful, occasionally unhappy, and occasionally rather humorous anecdotes and stories.

The booklet interweaves Burma's heritage with the background of the author's circle of relatives (on his mother's facet, his grandfather was once U Thant, the previous UN Secretary-General and on his father's aspect the writer is descended from 18th and nineteenth century Burmese aristocrats and courtiers). it is also the author's personal travels and stories in Burma and recollection, equivalent to his account of his U Thant's funeral in 1974 which ended in a close to rebellion opposed to the then army executive. All this makes the ebook even more own and fascinating than a straight-forward history.

The writer concludes (in the previous few pages) which his research of present-day Burma and his criticisms of foreign coverage. he's very every now and then devastatingly severe of the army govt yet believes that sanctions opposed to Burma are counter-productive and in accordance with a false impression of Burma's problems.

There's loads of British heritage this booklet in addition, with an entire bankruptcy at the first Anglo-Burmese struggle and masses on Burma's colonial background and the British withdrawal from Burma within the Forties. I'd suggest it to any armchair historian with an curiosity within the British empire, or Asia and positively to an individual drawn to Burma.

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