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  • Freedom from Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi
    "A must read from one of the most inspiring figures in the world."
  • The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
    "A very readable, recent, and comprehensive history of Burma, touching upon the old imperial kingdoms up to events in 2006. The best sections are of Burma under British rule, Thant Myint-U's specialty. However, this is a great intro."
  • From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe
    "A masterpiece - beautifully written and a deeply moving account of one man's journey from rural Burma to Cambridge."
  • Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
    "Interesting exploration of Orwell's history in Burma.”
  • Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi
    "One of the more interesting books by Aung San Suu Kyi, it deals with her views on Burma's culture, poverty, and politics."
  • The State in Myanmar by Robert H. Taylor
    "The classic study of the Burmese state, from precolonial history to the present (with 100 added pages on the 2008 Constitution)."
  • Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience by Justin Wintle
    "One of the few serious biographies of any major Burmese leader in modern history. Aung San Suu Kyi has already played a crucial role as Burma's opposition leader, and if things go well she could well be a future political leader in the country. It is long, but very readable. Highlights include Aung San Suu Kyi facing down troops in the Irrawaddy Delta."
  • Buddhism and Society: A Great Tradition and Its Burmese Vicissitudes by Melford E. Spiro
    "This is essentially a study of popular perceptions and practices relating to Buddhism in Burma. It is old, but still useful for those wishing to understand the influence of Buddhism and why the protest of Buddhist monks last fall was so powerful."
  • Down the Rat Hole: Adventures Underground on Burma's Frontiers by Edith T. Mirante
    "A look at the ethnic minorities from a very involved westerner."
  • Once was Burma by Kim Budee

" An historic transformation is happening in Myanmar, once was Burma. The country is emerging from its isolation and finally joining the 21st Century in what has been described as "the Burmese spring."

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