Justin Wintle

Perfect Hostage
  • Perfect Hostage

  • Like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi is an iconic figure, and the best-known prisoner of conscience alive today. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, at great personal cost she has steadfastly opposed Burma's brutal military regime since 1988, when she emerged as the leader of the Burmese democracy movement. As well as house arrest she has endured every kind of intimidation, including an attempt on her life in 2003. Yet if her exemplary fortitude has earned Aung San Suu Kyi world-wide admiration, inside Burma itself little has changed - as Justin Wintle's comprehensive biography makes hideously plain.

Born in 1949, Wintle was educated at Stowe, and Magdalen Oxford. Since then he has worked as author, editor and journalist. He has produced books of reference like The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation, to investigative travel (Romancing Vietnam) to biography RS Thomas and God to Rough Guide histories of China, Spain and Islam. He is married and lives in London.

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