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PERFECT HOSTAGE: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Generals, by Justin Wintle. London: Arrow Books, 2007, 464 pp., £8.95 (paper)

In January, Aung San Suu Kyi, 62, voiced her growing frustration with the lack of progress in “national reconciliation” talks with the ruling military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). In the aftermath of the Saffron Revolution, and the violent suppression of protests last September, a crescendo of international pressure built up against the SPDC, including from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, long known for ignoring human rights abuses in Burma (Myanmar). United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari was handed the task of nudging the generals toward a political transition.

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