Burma's Revolution of the Spirit reveals through words and images a land of rare grandeur--where a dramatic battle for democracy is being waged.Nestled beneath the far-eastern end of the Himalayas lies an enchanted place, whose cities bear the legendary names "Mandalay" and "Rangoon"; where the ancient landscape shimmers with thousands upon thousands of gilded Buddhist shrines set against the glowing background of saffron rice paddies. Deemed "the golden land" by European explorers in the fifteenth century and "the pearl of Asia" by Rudyard Kipling, geographically remote Burma--"sister country" of neighboring Tibet--has for the most part miraculously defied the influences of the modern world.Burma's Revolution of the Spirit takes us behind the complex veil that shields from Western eyes this most fascinating and culturally diverse, yet least documented country in Southeast Asia. It demonstrates all too clearly the nation's political isolation by a military dictatorship, which has virtually sowed salt in Burma's fertile earth for thirty years and which responded to a nonviolent popular demonstration on August 8, 1988, with an unconscionably brutal assault inviting comparison with Tiananmen Square.Above all, Burma's Revolution of the Spirit depicts a people's hunger to be free despite the cruelest suppression--and presents a true national heroine: Aung San Suu Kyi, awarded the 1991 Novel Peace Prize in absentia while under house arrest and still held prisoner in her own land. In this dynamic woman's exquisite features, in scenes of pastoral serenity and impassioned protest, we glimpse the soul of one of the most politically ravaged yet spiritually vibrant societies on earth.Filled with striking documentary images in both black and white and color (many of which were smuggled out of the country), the book is enriched by the words of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose profound inspirational powers evoke those of such gentle modern warriors a Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the Dalai Lama. Tributes from seven Nobel Peace laureates are also included. Burma's Revolution of the Spirit conveys in affecting narrative its message of justice and respect for all life.
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