The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

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Editorial Reviews
“Thant Myint-U is a writer with a humane sensibility and a delicate yet pointed touch….Learned yet also intimate, The Hidden History of Burma is an urgent book about a heavy subject.”
– Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

“Thant Myint-U’s most impressive title to date, featuring anecdotes from the author’s own extraordinary life.”
– Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Wall Street Journal

“Thant Myint-U is the greatest living historian of Burma…His profoundly humane and ethical meditations on national identity, plurality, and the dangers of hyper-nationalism are vital to anyone trying to understand the Rohingya crisis or wrestling with the complexities of modern South or South East Asia.”
– William Dalrymple, author of The Anarchy

“At once absorbing, illuminating, and humane, Thant Myint-U’s work traces the complex gearings of race, identity, and money with the perspective of a scholar and the intimacy of an insider. It’s invaluable in helping us understand the complexities not just of contemporary Burma but of our postcolonial world.”
– Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

“An engrossing new book about Myanmar’s troubled, unfinished transition from dictatorship to democratic rule…The Hidden History of Burma should become a guiding reference work for how we view the new Myanmar.”
– Josh Reed, Financial Times

“The book on Burma I’ve been waiting to read―a riveting behind-the-scenes account of the country’s political and social transition over recent years, a brave unravelling of well-worn myths, and an urgent plea to imagine a new story and better future for Burma.”
– Emma Larkin, author of Finding George Orwell in Burma

“Thant Myint-U deftly weaves together factors as diverse as nationalism, capitalism, geopolitics, and social media into a clear-eyed analysis of Burma’s troubled past and present. An essential read for anyone who wants to understand Burma and the challenges it must face in the coming decades.”
– Kishore Mahbubani, author of Has the West Lost It? A Provocation

“Few countries are as complex―or fascinating―as modern-day Burma. In these pages, Thant Myint-U explains the country’s fifteen-year transformation from military junta to peaceful democracy to divided and fractured post-crisis country. A must-read book, not just for those interested in Burma, but for those interested in broader questions of race, national identity and democracy in our 21st-century world.”
– Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

“Acute yet empathetic, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of Asia and the subcontinent.”
– Shivshankar Menon, former foreign secretary of India –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Thant Myint-U is an award-winning writer, historian, and conservationist. He lives in Rangoon, where he currently heads U Thant House and the Yangon Heritage Trust. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.