Unmasking Burma's Tyrant
- PUBLISHED: August 2010
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 272 Pages, 8 x 5.5 in, 15 illus.
- ISBN: 9789749511916
Than Shwe is one of the world’s most brutal dictators, presiding over a military regime that persists in repressing and brutalizing its own people. Until now, his story has not been told. Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma’s Tyrant provides the first-ever account of Than Shwe’s journey from postal clerk to dictator, analyzing his rise through the ranks of the army, his training in psychological warfare, his belief in astrology, his elimination of rivals, and his ruthless suppression of dissent. Drawing on the insights of Burma Army defectors, international diplomats, and others, Benedict Rogers provides a compelling account of the reclusive and xenophobic character of Than Shwe, and life in Burma under his rule.
Authors & Contributors
Benedict Rogers is a writer and human rights advocate specializing in Burma whose articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and The Guardian. He is the author of A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma’s Karen People.
The outlines of Than Shwe's life and rise from obscure origins as a rural postal clerk and later as a member of the military's Psychological Warfare Department to a deeply superstitious and reclusive head of state are reported as solidly as possible for such an elusive and undocumented subject by Benedict Rogers….- The New York Review of Books
The just published book about Senior General Than Shwe, Union of Myanmar's secretive leader of the military government, is timely and overdue.- Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai
.. a timely account of the awfulness of the regime he heads, whose leaders seem sure to continue to hold real power even after a stage-managed election in November.- The Economist
Rogers deserves credit for trying to illuminate a secretive life.- Time
This book explains General Than Shwe's extraordinary rise to power—and why it is futile to expect that any kind of 'engagement' with his regime will lead to meaningful change.- Bertil Lintner, author of Burma in Revolt
In this path-breaking book, Benedict Rogers shines a light into some of the darkest corners of Burma's military dystopia, and in so doing exposes the cunning rise of a man who wraps himself in the trappings of Burma's ancient kings. Meticulously researched, powerfully written, and provocatively argued.- Sean Turnell, author of Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma