The River of Lost Footsteps

The River of Lost Footsteps

A Personal History of Burma

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Baker & Taylor
Retraces the complex and turbulent story of Burma, from the time of Portuguese pirates to the sixty-year-old civil war that continues today, in a narrative that portrays Burma's rise and decline through the stories of the author's family and others.

McMillan Palgrave

What do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma's past tell us about its present and even its future? For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma—through sanctions and tourist boycotts—only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship.

Now Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, and the story of his own family, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Through his prominent family's stories and those of others, he portrays Burma's rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through a sixty-year civil war that continues today—the longest-running war anywhere in the world.

The River of Lost Footsteps is a work at once personal and global, a "brisk, vivid history" (Philip Delves Broughton, The Wall Street Journal) that makes Burma accessible and enthralling.



Baker
& Taylor

Retraces the complex and turbulent story of Burma, from the time of Portuguese pirates to the sixty-year-old civil war that continues today, in an insightful narrative that portrays Burma's rise and decline through the stories of the author's family and others. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780374531164
0374531161
Characteristics: x, 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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