The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Thant Myint-U is an award-winning writer, historian, and conservationist. He lives in Rangoon, where he currently heads U Thant House and the Yangon Heritage Trust.


Thant Myint-U deftly weaves together factors as diverse as nationalism, capitalism, geopolitics, and social media into a clear-eyed analysis of Burma's troubled past and present. An essential read for anyone who wants to understand Burma and the challenges it must face in the coming decades.--Kishore Mahbubani, author of Has the West Lost It? A Provocation
The book on Burma I've been waiting to read--a riveting behind-the-scenes account of the country's political and social transition over recent years, a brave unravelling of well-worn myths, and an urgent plea to imagine a new story and better future for Burma.--Emma Larkin, author of Finding George Orwell in Burma
At once absorbing, illuminating, and humane, Thant Myint-U's work traces the complex gearings of race, identity, and money with the perspective of a scholar and the intimacy of an insider. It's invaluable in helping us understand the complexities not just of contemporary Burma but of our postcolonial world.--Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
Thant Myint-U is the greatest living historian of Burma...His profoundly humane and ethical meditations on national identity, plurality, and the dangers of hyper-nationalism are vital to anyone trying to understand the Rohingya crisis or wrestling with the complexities of modern South or South East Asia.--William Dalrymple, author of The Anarchy
Few countries are as complex--or fascinating--as modern-day Burma. In these pages, Thant Myint-U explains the country's fifteen-year transformation from military junta to peaceful democracy to divided and fractured post-crisis country. A must-read book, not just for those interested in Burma, but for those interested in broader questions of race, national identity and democracy in our 21st-century world.--Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism
Acute yet empathetic, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of Asia and the subcontinent.--Shivshankar Menon, former foreign secretary of India
Thant Myint-U's most impressive title to date, featuring anecdotes from the author's own extraordinary life.--Jeffrey Wasserstrom