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The River of Lost Footsteps

Drawing both on his own family's stories and his years of hands-on political experience, Thant Myint-U has written an illuminating account of how Burma's rich past informs its violent present, and of how the world might transform the country's future. The River of Lost Footsteps tells the story of modern Burma, in a narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic and appalling.
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The River of Lost Footsteps is Thant Myint-U's engaging combination of contemporary travelogue, history and personal recollections that places Burma at the geopolitical heart of Asia.

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Thant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Cambridge and was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1999. He has also served on United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, and was more recently the head of policy planning in the UN's Department of Political Affairs where Kofi Annan was the Secretary-General. He is the author of The River of Lost Footsteps and Where China Meets India and currently works as a special consultant to the Burmese government.


"'It is hard to imagine a more thought-provoking or eloquently written elucidation of Burma's afflictions and their causes - nor one more heartfelt.' Sunday Times"

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