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The Iron Road: A Stand for Truth and Democracy in Burma Book Review Summary

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North Point, Jun 2002, 16.00, 397 pp.
ISBN: 0865476373

In 1988 though her democratic political party won the national elections in a romp, the military refused to let go of power and instead placed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, killed many of her supporters, and drove others into exile. When British citizen James Mawdsley learned about the incarceration of the Burmese Nobel Laureate, he became outraged. Mawdsley became a one-man band staging protests and distributing antigovernment paraphernalia and is finally arrested and sentenced for seventeen years for various crimes that will shock western sensitivities to learn the felonis he committed.

Mr. Mawdsley tells his story on why he chose an activist path to shake up more then just the Burmese government, but to wake up the western democracies. The autobiography is taut and well written, gripping the audience from start to finish and deserves a large readership as the lesson learned is don't sit passively by whining, take action even small steps matter.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   fighting government corruption    -   fights between different pol/social groups Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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