In an offbeat, compelling tale, Andrew Marshall seeks to follow in the footsteps of Victorian adventurer Sir George Scott. Having found Scott’s diaries in the no-doubt dusty aisles of the British Library, Marshall strikes out to explore modern Burma, in all its rich diversity, complexity and brutality.
Marshall’s writing strikes that rare sweet spot between reportage and memoir as he traverses the sprawling territory home to so many diverse peoples, just as colonialist, football-introducing Scott did before him. Weaving humorous anecdotes with serious history, the result is a rarely told story of the plight of the modern Burmese.
Though originally written prior to the 2007 Saffron Revolution — and before Marshall won his Pulitzer prize for reporting on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Burma — the latest edition includes eyewitness coverage of that pivotal point in Burmese history. If you’re looking for some understanding of Burma today, this book will have you up all night reading -- and you'll find it.
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