Richard Cockett

Many Hills to Climb

Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads

By

Rider Books 272pp £12.99) order from our bookshop

The continuing transformation of Burma is one of the most surprising, encouraging and baffling political events of our time. Only two years ago the country was among the most isolated, oppressive and backward on the planet, and had been that way ever since the generals took over in a coup back in 1962. Now, it seems, the reformers in charge of the country, led by the new president, Thein Sein, can’t move fast enough to dismantle the apparatus of military dictatorship. And all this without a shot being fired, in stark contrast to the Arab uprisings.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • One woman 'travelled round the south of India with a retinue of 750 people, fourteen elephants, two racing camels f… ,
    • Stuck for a gift idea for Father's Day? Subscribe to Literary Review and get a FREE copy of 'An Impeccable Spy' –… ,
    • 'Gone. All gone. The ease, the pleasure, the effortless eloquence' From May 1995, Margaret Forster's withering rev… ,
    • RT : SO excited to tell you about this event! 😆 The amazing digital colourist, will be joining w… ,
    • 'Peters was unashamed and evidently unshamable, an impostor who wholly inhabited his fabrications and who indignant… ,
    • ‘At every waking moment Barbara Hepworth was aware of herself as a woman paving the way in a man’s world’ From the… ,
    • The entertaining Howard Jacobson is in conversation with Prof John Mullan at the Queen’s Park Book Festival on Sund… ,