Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was first placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, and despite brief periods of release she has spent most of her years since then in house confinement. It was extended by 18 months in the summer of 2009. She is the author of another Penguin, Letters from Burma.
This book is bound to become a classic for a new generation of
Asians who value democracy even more highly than Westerners do,
simply because they are deprived of the basic freedoms that
Westerners take for granted * The New York Times *
Aung San Suu Kyi's extraordinary achievement has been to confront the regime peacefully, reasonably and persuasively... [in] one of the most laudable continuing acts of political courage * Financial Times *
Such is the depth of passion and learning that she brings to her writings about national identity and its links with culture and language that she has attracted the admiration of intellectuals around the world * Sunday Times *