Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of struggle against repression and brutality. In The Voice of Hope
, she emerges as a human being--a mother of two sons as well as an inspirational human rights advocate and all-around moral compass. Once a soft-spoken scholar living in England, this daughter of a Burmese military hero catapulted to prominence as the spokesperson for her country's beleaguered democracy movement. Even when imprisoned by Burma's ruling junta, she continued to work for freedom and human rights, eventually winning the Nobel Peace Prize and attracting the world's attention to the plight of Burmese dissidents. The Voice of Hope
chronicles nine months' worth of her conversations with British-born Alan Clements, a Burma expert and former Buddhist monk. The two discuss love, truth, power, compassion, and freedom from fear as well as Aung San Suu Kyi's own brand of activist Buddhism. In the process, a portrait emerges of a profoundly religious as well as political leader, a woman who used years of house arrest to develop her meditative practice, mindfulness, and spiritual strength.
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"[Shows] Aung San Suu Kyi's humour, erudition, wisdom and accessibility, and demonstrate[s] why she has become a world spiritual leader" New York Times "I am delighted that The Voice of Hope is being republished. This is a message that the world should hear" President Jimmy Carter "This is a remarkable book, as inspired as it is wise. Read it and learn from Aung San Suu Kyi's amazing life" Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "Suu Kyi is one of the most remarkable and brave women of our time. Her dying husband Michael was refused permission to go to visit her. Even the phone calls I used to have with her have been stopped for some years. The regime in Burma is an outrage, and it is a blot on the international community that we have done so little about it. This book is testimony to the staunch commitment and sacrifice of an astonishingly courageous and visionary person" The Rt Hon the Lord David Steel of Aikwood KT "Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for freedom is Burma's struggle for freedom. If you read this important book you'll understand why" Maureen Lipman
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