Amy Johnson's stunning portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi in Poetry Prose shows the true trajectory of an astonishing life and career. From a staunch political household and apparently an idyliic childhood, her disciplinarian and inspirational Father, the liberator of Burma, History has revealed as a powerful figure, who shaped a brilliant young Burmese girl, whose curiosity was fuelled by dedicated teachers in Oxford and London; by exposure to Gandhi's teaching and the ferment of the 1940's in Burma and India getting their independence from British Rule; and above all, by her desire to change the world. During her student years, in Oxford and London, Aung San Suu Kyi thrived in the western world of Sky's the limit freedom for women. She was even in the early days both at home and abroad perceived as a spokeswoman for her country, her generation and the ideals of good governance; through the idealism of democracy and freedom of thought for all. Then, at Oxford she met and fell in love with Michael Aris cancelling her dreams of a political career to tie her fortunes to his blissful academic life. She clarifies the often amazing dynamic of a life showing the extent to which Aung San, was instrumental in the change of Burma's governership and her own presidency. She charts her political acumen and blind spots especially her overt hostility to the excesses of the Military Junta who still cloud her entry into an active presidency.
Amy Johnson has marshalled all her skills and energy to propel this legend into the public arena and gives a sophisticated and comprehensive treatise and a revealing account of this complex human being, a political meteor who is defining the role of Burma in the world and saving her country from political oppression from within.