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Defeat into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942-1945
William William Slim
0815410220
March 2000
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Book Description
These memoirs rank with those of Ulysses S. Grant as one of the few honest testaments [of war].--The Readers Companion to Military History

Book Info
Presents the history of the World War II victory against Japan in India by Field-Marshal Viscount William Slim who led shattered British forces from Burma to India in one of the lesser-known but more nightmarish retreats of the war, and the ultimate liberation of India and Burma from the Japanese Army. Softcover. DLC: World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.


Myanmar
Saw Myat Yin
0761413537
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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The Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand and Myanmar : Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping (Impact Guides)
Ron Krannich
1570232032
August 2004
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
"...An absolute 'must-have' for international travelers looking to obtain quality goods or souvenirs from Thailand at a reasonable price."

Book Description
This book examines the many travel pleasures and shopping treasures found in the major cities of Thailand and Mynamar.

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Flying the Hump: Memories of an Air War
Otha C. Spencer
0890966249
May 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
When the occupying Japanese cut off China from outside contact during WW II, the Americans quickly established "the Hump," an airlift of troops and supplies over the Himalayas designed to keep Chiang Kai-shek's army in the fight. Spencer, journalism professor emeritus at East Texas State University, who flew the Hump, reveals that enemy aircraft destroyed fewer planes than did such natural hazards as storms and violent winds. He chronicles the successful efforts of Air Force General William H. Tunner to reduce losses by standardizing maintenance inspections and imposing strict regulations about the use of oxygen masks. (Oxygen deprivation was the "silent killer" of many pilots, who considered it a sign of weakness to wear masks below a certain altitude.) Spencer's comprehensive history, a terrific collection of...


Historical Dictionary of Myanmar
Jan Becka
0810828405
Jan 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
Describes in more than 500 entries the country's geographic features, historic and modern sites, regions, economic resources, main ethnic groups, major persons, events, institutions, society as well as key Myanmar words and phrases.

About the Author
Dr. Jan Becka (PhD, MA, Charles University, Prague) currently Senior Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, has specialized and published on modern history and current affairs on Myanmar. His publications include "The National Liberation Movement in Burma During the Japanese Occupation Period (1941-1945)" and many journal articles. Becka lived in Myanmar as a student at Yangon University (1958-1960) and has since visited the country several times.


Burma: The Longest War 1941-1945
Louis Allen
1842122606
August 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Himself a veteran of the Southeast Asia operations of WW II and a Japanese linguist, Allen (The End of the War in Asia, Singapore 194142) has written a formidable and impressive history of the Burma campaign. In 1942, Japan conquered the country in short order, driving the Allied forces into India. The Allies launched a counteroffensive that would take almost three years to succeed, the task made even more difficult because the "racialism, arrogance, aloofness and greed" of English rule had left the Burmese anti-British. Much of the Allied campaign was waged in the jungle, with its concomitants of malaria, typhus, amoebic dysentery, anemia and foot-rot, against a foe whom Allen presents as brave and tenacious. Indeed, one of the more remarkable features of the book is the picture of Japanese officers, free of the...


Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar)
Donald M. Seekins
0810854767
July 2006
Hardcover
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The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II
Donovan Webster
0060746386
September 2004
Paperback
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From AudioFile
From the fall of Burma to the Japanese in 1942 until the end of the war, the Allies strove to keep China supplied with matériel from India-by air over "the Hump," and overland via the Burma Road, which stretched 700 miles to the Chinese city of Kunming. Donovan Webster's account of American derring-do in this theater is fast-paced and engaging, the work of a first-rate storyteller. His throaty reading, however, is too rushed, as though he were trying to pack as many words as possible into this drastically condensed recording. It's still dramatic and entertaining, but it feels like only a half a story, one that might have been called ABRIDGED ON THE RIVER KWAI. D.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD ...


From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey
Pascal Khoo Thwe
0060505230
December 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Khoo Thwe, born in 1967, debuts with a remarkable portrait of his childhood in Phekhon, "the only Catholic town in Burma," among the Padaung people, a subtribe of the Karenni "known for what outsiders call our `giraffe women' because of their necks being elongated by rings." Modernity seeps into Phekhon slowly-only in 1977 did the locals learn, along with news of Elvis's death, that Americans had landed on the moon. The Catholic and animist fables that the author and his 10 siblings live by would be the emblems of a fairy tale life were it not for the violence and economic crises of the dictatorship of General U Ne Win. Khoo Thwe enters Mandalay University during the years when thousands of student activists were killed or imprisoned by the government. A charismatic student organizer, he is forced in 1988 to flee...


Letters from Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi, Fergal Keane (Introduction)
0140264035
January 1, 1998
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese


Myanmar Style: Art, Architecture and Design of Burma
Elizabeth Moore, et al
9625933972


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Between Integration and Seccession: The Muslim Communities of the Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand and Western Burma/Myanmar
Moshe Yegar
0739103563
July 2002
Hardcover
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Myanmar
Barry Broman
1844640027
April 2005
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Book Description
Myanmar, once known as Burma, is the largest country on the mainland of Southeast Asia and also one of the least known. It has a long tradition of cooperation and confrontation with its neighbors and for centuries has been wracked by strife. The struggles continued after independence from Great Britain in 1948 when a number of minority ethnic groups sought their own independence. In 1962 the army seized control of the government and embarked on a long and disastrous experiment with socialism under the leadership of the recently deceased General Ne Win. This experiment ended in 1988. Myanmar occupies a strategic location at the crossroads of the great cultures of India in the West and China to the North. Both these countries have influenced its cultural development. Theravada Buddhism arrived as early as the first...


Twilight over Burma: My Life As a Shan Princess (Kolowalu Books (Paperback))
Inge Sargent
0824816285
September 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Sargent's sad, exotic story survives her deeply flawed telling of it, but she would have been better advised to stick with a straightforward memoir. While at school in Colorado in the early '50s, the Austrian-born author met and married fellow student Sao Kya Seng. Because he wanted a wife who would marry him "for the right reasons," Sao chose not to tell Inge he was prince of Hsipaw, one of 34 independent Shan states in northeastern Burma (although the convertible Nash Rambler and the ruby-and-diamond engagement ring might have tipped her off.) For eight years the couple presided over the modernization of their small state, sadly unaware of the weak poltical leadership plaguing Burma since the 1947 assassination of General Aung San (father of jailed Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi). Then in 1962, General Ne Win...


The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods'
Erich von Daniken
1843336251
March 2003
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Book Description
Why do nearly all the world's major religions share such similar myths and legends? Erich Von Däniken, author of the runaway international bestseller Chariots of the Gods, believes he knows--and the answer is as wondrous and awe-inspiring as it is controversial: the winged angels populating the Bible, Koran, and other religious texts from cultures the world over were in reality extraterrestrials who visited the Earth in ages long past. Fully illustrated with compelling full-color and black-and-white photographs, the book takes us from the jungles of Myanmar, where ancient pagodas point heavenward in the unmistakable shape of spacecraft, to Portugal's mysterious legend of Fatima and on to the unexplained "landing strips" of Peru and Egypt, offering persuasive evidence that actual living beings inspired the...


Slim, Master of War: Burma and the Birth of Modern Warfare
Robert Lyman
1841198110
January 2004
Hardcover
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Freedom from Fear
Aung San Kyi
0140253173
November 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for courageous leadership of the Burmese people in their battle against authoritarian rule. The forthright condemnation of the regime that resulted in the activist's house arrest is clearly expressed in the essays in this volume. Part one--which describes Burma's political, intellectual and literary history--includes a moving yet unsentimental biography of the author's father, Aung San. Clearly a role model, though he was assassinated when she was only two, Aung San was a seminal figure in the Burmese struggle for independence in the 1940s. Part two contains a series of essays on democracy and human rights. Of particular interest is Aung San Suu Kyi's brief statement in response to a nomination for political office. Though under house arrest at the time, she...


The Shore Beyond Good and Evil: A Report from Inside Burma's Opium Kingdom
Hideyuki Takano
0970171617
July 1, 2002
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I-S Magazine, March 15, 2002
Takano's documentary is riveting, a very entertaining book.

The Japan Times, March 9, 2002
A remarkable literary scoop.

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Myanmar
Pauline Khng
0836823206
January 2000
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-These books give detailed explanations of the countries' geography, history, government, economy, religion, cultural aspects, and major sites of interest. Chock-full of valuable information, they are accompanied by lively, bright, and glossy photographs. Both reveal the mixture of traditional and contemporary life that permeates these societies. An "at a glance" page gives fast facts about the country. The glossary is especially useful as it has an explanation of unfamiliar English words, as well as those in the particular country's language. However, a pronunciation guide for the word "Myanmar" is never given. Also, in Indonesia, names such as Megawati Sukarnoputri lack pronunciation guidance. Despite this inconsistency, readers will be rewarded with a sense of the past experiences that these...


The Making of Modern Burma
Thant Myint-U
0521799147
March 26, 2001
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Review
'... an important contribution towards understanding Burmese history and political developments prior to British annexation in the nineteenth century.' The Book Review
'... this is a fascinating account with many new angles of the nineteenth-century kingdom and the impact on it of the British Empire.' Times Literary Supplement

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"...a well-written and presented analysis of the period. Reseachers on both precolonial- and colonial-era Burma will benefit much from it. It is also recommended for both undergraduate survey courses and postgraduate seminars." Journal of Asian History

"It is very well written, incoporates old and new sources, both Burmese and Western, and has a distinct point of view." Pacific Affairs

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Imperial Pagan: Art and Architecture of Old Burma
Paul Strachan
0824813251
June 1990
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Governance and Civil Society in Myanmar: Education, Health, and Environment
Helen James
0415355583
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Most international attention on Myanmar has focused on the political situation, where the military, in power since 1962, continue to refuse to acknowledge the results of democratic elections, and on related human rights issues. By focusing on education, health and environment, and on the institutions which formulate and deliver policy in these fields, this book shows how the international community can make a significant difference to strengthening Myanmar's civil society and to supporting a future democratic form of government, by encouraging institutional developments in these fields. Such developments in turn, the author argues, will re-skill the younger generation, promote economic development and poverty alleviation, and, through a participatory approach to policy-making, nurture the conditions from which...

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