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The Road to Rangoon

The Road to Rangoon

  • Author: Lucy Cruickshanks
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781782063476
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador's son goes missing. Discovered in the north of the country, Michael Atwood is in imminent danger, trapped between sides fighting a bitter civil war and with no way of getting back to Rangoon. His best hope of salvation is to trust Thuza, a ruby smuggler who offers to help him escape. Beautiful and deeply scarred, Thuza has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Thuza, the ambassador's son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, exploiting those caught up in the war offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction. But as all three learn to their cost, in this exotic, enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price. This is a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.

The Road to Rangoon

The Road to Rangoon

  • Author: Lucy Cruickshanks
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781784296469
  • Category:
  • Page: 336
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The Road to Rangoon

The Road to Rangoon

  • Author: Lucy Cruickshanks
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1782063463
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador's son goes missing. Discovered in the north of the country, Michael Atwood is in imminent danger, trapped between sides fighting a bitter civil war and with no way of getting back to Rangoon. His best hope of salvation is to trust Thuza, a ruby smuggler who offers to help him escape. Beautiful and deeply scarred, Thuza has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Thuza, the ambassador's son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, exploiting those caught up in the war offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction. But as all three learn to their cost, in this exotic, enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price. This is a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.

Burma 1942

Burma 1942

The Road from Rangoon to Mandalay

  • Author: Alan Warren
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441106731
  • Category: History
  • Page: 296
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In December 1941 Japan set out to seize South-East Asia and the western Pacific to complete the building of a self-sufficient empire. The rapid loss of all of Britain's possessions in the Far East was the culmination of a failed attempt to deal with the rise of Japanese imperialism. Britain's bluff was called and millions of Britain's 'protected' subjects in Asia fell into the hands of a brutal occupying power. The British fought the Second World War in Burma and India against the backdrop of nationalist unrest and revolt. The appalling Bengal famine of 1943, brought about by the loss of Burma's rice crop and the dislocation of government, would cause the deaths of many. Alan Warren provides a new study of the series of battles that made up the Burma campaign, including first-hand accounts of the conflict and a fresh examination of the armies and commanders of the major combatants. Burma 1942 powerfully demonstrates how victory or defeat in particular battles altered the trajectory of the conflict, affecting the lives of millions.

The Road to Wanting

The Road to Wanting

  • Author: Wendy Law-Yone
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1407051962
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 272
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Sometimes the hardest journey is the road home. Na Ga was always in search of a better life. But now she sits, alone, in a hotel room in Wanting, a godforsaken town on the Chinese-Burmese border. Plucked from her wild life as a rural eel-catcher, Na Ga is then abandoned by her would-be rescuers in Rangoon. Later, as a teenager, she finds herself chasing the dream of a new life in Thailand - where further betrayals and violations await. Yet it seems that her fighting spirit will not be broken. But for how long can Na Ga belong nowhere and with no one? In the dingy hotel in Wanting she is forced to confront her compulsion to keep running, and to ask herself why, until now, she's resisted the journey home. Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

The Trader of Saigon

The Trader of Saigon

  • Author: Lucy Cruickshanks
  • Publisher: Heron Books
  • ISBN: 1782063439
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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In the chaos and corruption of 1980s' Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together by greed, fear and hope. As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; trapped in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a rural girl who moved to Hanoi to escape inevitable poverty and who sees Alexander's arrival as the answer to her prayers. Neither of them has ever met Phuc - a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives. From a society torn apart by war comes a tale of redemption and salvation; a thrilling saga and an explosive debut novel.

The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

  • Author: B.M. Croker
  • Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN: 3734031419
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 248
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Reproduction of the original: The Road to Mandalay by B.M. Croker

Tank Tracks to Rangoon

Tank Tracks to Rangoon

The Story of British Armour in Burma

  • Author: Bryan Perrett
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473835151
  • Category: History
  • Page: 255
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Fighting in a somewhat forgotten corner of Empire during the Second World War, the British and Indian armoured regiments called upon to harness the power of tank warfare to extreme new levels did so in an effort to outwit an army until that point considered invincible - the Imperial Japanese Army. Their collective efforts were heroic and massively effective, giving the Japanese a taste of mechanised warfare from which they never recovered. ??Bryan Perrett describes the full course of the armoured units' efforts, illustrating the importance of the mighty 7th Armoured Brigade; a 'magnificent formation' in General Slim's estimation. In a conflict that saw much development in the field of tank design and production, Perrett illustrates the practical repercussions of such advances in this most extreme of wartime environments. Detailed research has produced hard evidence of the Japanese use of gas against British tanks, and countless instances of Japan's human-bomb anti-tank technique. Above all, this book shows to what extent the tank can prove a decisive weapon in the unlikeliest areas.

Where China Meets India

Where China Meets India

Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia

  • Author: Thant Myint-U
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466801271
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 384
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Thant Myint-U's Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, timely book about the remote region that is suddenly a geopolitical center of the world. From their very beginnings, China and India have been walled off from each other: by the towering summits of the Himalayas, by a vast and impenetrable jungle, by hostile tribes and remote inland kingdoms stretching a thousand miles from Calcutta across Burma to the upper Yangtze River. Soon this last great frontier will vanish—the forests cut down, dirt roads replaced by superhighways, insurgencies crushed—leaving China and India exposed to each other as never before. This basic shift in geography—as sudden and profound as the opening of the Suez Canal—will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of Southeast Asia and the Far East. What will this change mean? Thant Myint-U is in a unique position to know. Over the past few years he has traveled extensively across this vast territory, where high-speed trains and gleaming new shopping malls are now coming within striking distance of the last far-flung rebellions and impoverished mountain communities. And he has explored the new strategic centrality of Burma, where Asia's two rising, giant powers appear to be vying for supremacy. At once a travelogue, a work of history, and an informed look into the future, Where China Meets India takes us across the fast-changing Asian frontier, giving us a masterful account of the region's long and rich history and its sudden significance for the rest of the world.

On the Road to Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay

  • Author: Randle Manwaring
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
  • ISBN: 9781844154975
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 145
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This fascinating book features the life story of Dr Randle Manwaring. His regiment's fight to capture Burma towards the end of World War II was a particularly formative episode. He returned to work in the City, always guided by his strong Christian beliefs.

The River of Lost Footsteps

The River of Lost Footsteps

Histories of Burma

  • Author: Thant Myint-U
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 9780374707903
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma—through sanctions and tourist boycotts—only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. But what do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma's past tell us about the present and even its future? In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling. His maternal grandfather, U Thant, rose from being the schoolmaster of a small town in the Irrawaddy Delta to become the UN secretary-general in the 1960s. And on his father's side, the author is descended from a long line of courtiers who served at Burma's Court of Ava for nearly two centuries. Through their stories and others, he portrays Burma's rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through the decades of British colonialism, the devastation of World War II, and a sixty-year civil war that continues today and is the longest-running war anywhere in the world. The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling.

The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace

  • Author: Ghosh,Amitav
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India
  • ISBN: 9780670082209
  • Category:
  • Page: 591
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The Glass Palace Begins With The Shattering Of The Kingdom Of Burma, And Tells The Story Of A People, A Fortune, And A Family And Its Fate. It Traces The Life Of Rajkumar, A Poor Indian Boy, Who Is Lifted On The Tides Of Political And Social Turmoil To Build An Empire In The Burmese Teak Forest. When British Soldiers Force The Royal Family Out Of The Glass Palace, During The Invasion Of 1885, He Falls In Love With Dolly, An Attendant At The Palace. Years Later, Unable To Forget Her, Rajkumar Goes In Search Of His Love. Through This Brilliant And Impassioned Story Of Love And War, Amitav Ghosh Presents A Ruthless Appraisal Of The Horrors Of Colonialism And Capitalist Exploitation. Click Here To Visit The Amitav Ghosh Website

Miss Burma

Miss Burma

  • Author: Charmaine Craig
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 0802189520
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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A beautiful and poignant story of one family during the most violent and turbulent years of world history, Miss Burma is a powerful novel of love and war, colonialism and ethnicity, and the ties of blood. Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country’s history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin’s eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family’s past, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people. Based on the story of the author’s mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how modern Burma came to be and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom.

A Great Place to Have a War

A Great Place to Have a War

America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

  • Author: Joshua Kurlantzick
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1451667884
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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1960. President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. In January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos. Kurlantzick shows how the brutal war lasted nearly two decades, killed one-tenth of Laos's total population, and changed the nature of the CIA forever

On the Road to Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay

Tales of Ordinary People

  • Author: Mya Than Tint
  • Publisher: Orchid Press
  • ISBN: 9789748299259
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 284
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This is a colourful tapestry, by a Rangoon-based writer, of the lives of ordinary Burmese; from porters and sailors, fortune tellers, waitresses and artists, to petty criminals, 'on the road to Mandalay'.

Making Enemies

Making Enemies

War and State Building in Burma

  • Author: Mary Patricia Callahan
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801472671
  • Category: History
  • Page: 268
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The Burmese army took political power in Burma in 1962 and has ruled the country ever since. The persistence of this government—even in the face of long-term nonviolent opposition led by activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991—has puzzled scholars. In a book relevant to current debates about democratization, Mary P. Callahan seeks to explain the extraordinary durability of the Burmese military regime. In her view, the origins of army rule are to be found in the relationship between war and state formation.Burma's colonial past had seen a large imbalance between the military and civil sectors. That imbalance was accentuated soon after formal independence by one of the earliest and most persistent covert Cold War conflicts, involving CIA-funded Kuomintang incursions across the Burmese border into the People's Republic of China. Because this raised concerns in Rangoon about the possibility of a showdown with Communist China, the Burmese Army received even more autonomy and funding to protect the integrity of the new nation-state.The military transformed itself during the late 1940s and the 1950s from a group of anticolonial guerrilla bands into the professional force that seized power in 1962. The army edged out all other state and social institutions in the competition for national power. Making Enemies draws upon Callahan's interviews with former military officers and her archival work in Burmese libraries and halls of power. Callahan's unparalleled access allows her to correct existing explanations of Burmese authoritarianism and to supply new information about the coups of 1958 and 1962.

Smiggins Orserump: Tales in Heroic Fashion

Smiggins Orserump: Tales in Heroic Fashion

The Road to Rangoon

  • Author: William Risp,Paul W. Meier,Solomon Stone
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
  • ISBN: 9781453865415
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 70
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He was too short to be a Hero. A compact five foot, six inches tall, and built overly stocky. Like any true Non-Hero, he had the rounded gut of either a man who loved his drink in excess or his food in excess. In fact, he was a champion among Non-Heroes, for he tended to go with both. In true Non-Hero fashion, his unkempt beard and hair had the look of wild undergrowth mixed with birds' nests, and the occasional brush pile. And, unlike the stiff, prideful gait of a Hero, his stumbling, flagging shuffle spoke of a man in poor shape, too long on the road, tired, and more than a little unwillingness of movement. As he trudged through the mud, he looked less and less like a Hero.-----------Smiggins Orserump: Tales in Heroic Fashion follows the exploits of the detestably likable character, Smiggins Orserump. Smiggins, a con-artist extraordinaire who prides himself in being the "non-hero" type, will keep you laughing as he stumbles from one encounter to the next. In The Road to Rangoon Smiggins and his new and unlikely traveling companion tangle with a raging river, meet a colorful gypsy and face a master villain all while searching for a treasure that may not be what it appears to be.

Letters From Burma

Letters From Burma

  • Author: Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141039531
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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Letters from Burma - an unforgettable collection from the Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi In these astonishing letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma's borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land. Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives. She reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents - allowed to see their parents for only fifteen minutes every fortnight - to the effect of inflation on the national diet and of state repression on traditions of hospitality. She also evokes the beauty of the country's seasons and scenery, customs and festivities that remain so close to her heart. Through these remarkable letters, the reader catches a glimpse of exactly what is at stake as Suu Kyi fights on for freedom in Burma, and of the love for her homeland that sustains her non-violent battle. Includes an introduction from Fergal Keane 'Aung San Suu Kyi has become a global symbol of peaceful resistance, courage and apparently endless endurance' Guardian 'A real hero in an age of phony phone-in celebrity, which hands out that title freely to the most spoiled and underqualified' Bono, Time Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, where she remained for almost 15 of the 21 years until her release in 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She is also the author of the collection of writings Freedom from Fear.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

A novel

  • Author: Richard Flanagan
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0385352867
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize “Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this.” —The Washington Post From the author of the acclaimed Gould’s Book of Fish, a magisterial novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present. August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

Alice in Brexitland

Alice in Brexitland

  • Author: Lucien Young,Leavis Carroll
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473551986
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 112
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Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts... She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?