|Plot Summary of The Iron Road: A Stand for Truth and Democracy in Burma|
North Point, Jun 2002, 16.00, 397 pp.
In 1988 though her democratic political party won the national elections in a romp, the military refused to let go of power and instead placed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, killed many of her supporters, and drove others into exile. When British citizen James Mawdsley learned about the incarceration of the Burmese Nobel Laureate, he became outraged. Mawdsley became a one-man band staging protests and distributing antigovernment paraphernalia and is finally arrested and sentenced for seventeen years for various crimes that will shock western sensitivities to learn the felonis he committed.
Mr. Mawdsley tells his story on why he chose an activist path to shake up more then just the Burmese government, but to wake up the western democracies. The autobiography is taut and well written, gripping the audience from start to finish and deserves a large readership as the lesson learned is don't sit passively by whining, take action even small steps matter.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Iron Road: A Stand for Truth and Democracy in Burma|
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Political/social rights fight
- fighting for social change
- fighting government corruption
- fights between different pol/social groups
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- champion of justice
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
- Southeast Asia
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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