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Review of New Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

by Joshua Kurlantzick
September 11, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of Rule of Law and Peace and Stability Committee of House, attends a meeting of the committee at Yangon Division Parliament in Yangon. Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of Rule of Law and Peace and Stability Committee of House, attends a meeting of the committee at Yangon Division Parliament in Yangon (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters).

Although Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted numerous biographers over the past twenty years, the new biography of her by longtime British journalist Peter Popham is surely the most thorough and, in some ways, most critical of Suu Kyi, who is now making the transition from longtime opposition leader to member of Parliament and leading ally of the Myanmar president. The switch has not been easy for Suu Kyi, a challenge many former opposition leaders, from Lech Walesa to Nelson Mandela, have faced before. With Suu Kyi on the eve of her landmark visit to the United States, I have a long review of the biography in Democracy.

You can read the review in its entirety here.

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