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Book Review: A Great Place to Have a War

The Irrawaddy, January 30, 2017

Bertil Lintner reviews "A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA" by Joshua Kurlantzick
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: Pathway to Peace

The Irrawaddy, January 26, 2017

Bertil Lintner reviews "Pathway to Peace: An Insider's Account of the Myanmar Peace Process" by Aung Naing Oo
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar

The Irrawaddy, December 29, 2016

Bertil Lintner reviews "War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar" edited by Mandy Sadan
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein

The Irrawaddy, September 15, 2016

Bertil Lintner reviews "Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein" by Ma Thida
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: General Ne Win: A Political Biography

The Irrawaddy, June 28, 2016

Bertil Lintner reviews "General Ne Win: A Political Biography" by Robert H. Taylor
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Laos Is Open for Business, but on Its Own Terms

World Politics Review, March 29, 2016

During the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama will become the first-ever sitting U.S. president to visit communist-ruled former foe, Laos.
[read the article at www.worldpoliticsreview.com]

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Book Details Coming Struggle to Kick Burma's Drug Habit

The Irrawaddy, March 24, 2016

Bertil Lintner reviews "The Chinese Heroin Trade: Cross-Border Drug Trafficking in Southeast Asia & Beyond" by Ko-Lin Chin and Sheldon X. Zhang
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Charting the Contours of India-Burma Ties

The Irrawaddy, February 17, 2016

Bertil Lintner reviews Rajiv Bhatia's book, "India-Myanmar Relations: Changing Contours", a timely look at evolving relations between Burma and India.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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How the West Was Won

The Irrawaddy, June 11, 2015

While this Norwegian publication is mainly a travel book, its political forays demonstrate the kind of na´vetÚ which prevails among Westerners trying to understand what has happened in Myanmar over the past few years.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Myth and Meaning in Tibet

The Irrawaddy, January 19, 2015

Bertil Lintner reviews "Tibet: An Unfinished Story" by Lezlee Brown Halper & Stefan Halper
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: Images of a dark era

Asia Times, November 22, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews The Face of Resistance: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Fight for Freedom by Aung Zaw. Brave New Burma by Nic Dunlop.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Reminiscence of a resistance

Asia Times, September 20, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews Golden Parasol: A Daughter's Memoir of Burma by Wendy Law-Yone
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Military Matters in Myanmar

Asia Times, September 20, 2013

Bertil Lintner reviews two recent books analyzing the Burma's most powerful institution, the military.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Portraits of an identity crisis

Asia Times, May 10, 2013

Bertil Lintenr review two recent books by Rajeev Bhattacharyya and Kishalay Bhattacharjee on the insurgencies in India's Northeast.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: A one-sided history

Asia Times, October 6, 2012

Bertil Lintner reviews Modern China-Myanmar Relations: Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence by David I Steinberg and Hongwei Fan.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Mindset of a mass murderer

Asia Times, June 23, 2012

Bertil Lintner reviews Facing the Torturer: Inside the Mind of a War Criminal by Francois Bizot.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Revelations of a secret war

Asia Times, November 19, 2011

Bertil Lintner reviews The Secret Army: Chiang Kai-shek and the Drug Warlords of the Golden Triangle by Richard M Gibson and Wenhua Chen
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: War without end

Asia Times, August 27, 2011

Bertil Lintner reviews Fergal Keane's Roads of Bones: The Epic Siege of Kohima 1944
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: War and Taxes

Asia Times, May 21, 2011

Bertil Lintner reviews Rakhee Bhattacharya's Development Disparities in Northeast India
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Myanmar's ageless ethnic question

Asia Times, December 4, 2010

Bertil Lintner reviews The Shan of Burma: Memoirs of a Shan Exile by Chao Tzang Yawnghwe
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Drug myths debunked

Asia Times, October 16, 2010

Bertil Lintner reviews Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin and His Band of Brothers by Ron Chepesiuk
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Life and times of a dictator

Asia Times, June 26, 2010

Bertil Lintner reviews Benedict Roger's new book, Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma's Tyrant
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: A History of the Shan State

Far Eastern Economic Review, May, 2009

Bertil Lintner reviews A History of the Shan State by Sai Aung Tun.
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Book Review: A History of Modern Burma

Far Eastern Economic Review, April, 2009

Bertil Lintner reviews two recent histories of modern Burma.
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Book Review: Democracy and National Identity in Thailand

Far Eastern Economic Review, May, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Democracy and National Identity in Thailand by Michael Connors.
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Book Review: Regrettable apology for Myanmar

Asia Times, February 9, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Promoting Human Rights in Burma by Morten B Pedersen.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Asia in the Pacific Islands

Far Eastern Economic Review, January, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Asia in the Pacific Islands: Replacing the West by Ron Crocombe.
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Book Review: Smugglers' blues

Asia Times, January 12, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Reefer Men by Tony Thompson.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Stamping Out History

The Irrawaddy, January 3, 2008

Bertil Lintner reviews Stamps of Burma: A Historical Record Through 1988, by Min Sun Min.
[read the article at www.irrawaddy.org]

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Book Review: Exodus to North Korea

Far Eastern Economic Review, December, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War by Tessa Morris-Suzuki.
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Book Review: A sad moon rising

Asia Times, December 8, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster's Daughter by Shoko Tendo.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Doing Wrong to Do Good

The Irrawaddy, December, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews The United Wa State Party: Narco-Army or Ethnic Nationalist Party? by Tom Kramer.
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Book Review: 'A necessary evil'

Asia Times, November 10, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Merchant of Death by Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Rethinking Thailand's Southern Violence

Far Eastern Economic Review, November, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Rethinking Thailand's Southern Violence edited by Duncan McCargo.
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Book Review: Tales from the Land in Between

The Irrawaddy, November 1, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Frontier Mosaic by Richard Humphries.
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Book Review: Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma

The Irrawaddy, October, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma edited by Mikael Gravers.
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Book Review: Burma and Japan Since 1940: From "Co-Prosperity" to Quiet Dialogue

Far Eastern Economic Review, October, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma and Japan Since 1940: From "Co-Prosperity" to Quiet Dialogue by Donald M. Seekins.
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Burma's Warrior Kings and the Generation of '88

Global Asia, Fall, 2007

The fact that Burma's military remains in power almost 20 years after the violent uprising of 1988 reflects the failure of both ASEAN's softer approach and economic and political pressures from the West.
[read the article at globalasia.org]

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Book Review: China Turns On the Charm

The Irrawaddy, September, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World, by Joshua Kurlantzick.
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Book Review: Perfect Hostage

Far Eastern Economic Review, June, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Justin Wintle's Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Book Review: Arm Thy Neighbor

Asia Times, May 11, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Militia Redux by Desmond Ball and David Scott Mathieson.
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: The Odd Couple

The Irrawaddy, May, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma and Japan Since 1940, by Donald M Seekins.
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Book Review: The River of Lost Footsteps

Far Eastern Economic Review, April, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U.
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Book Review: A Shan Kaleidoscope

The Irrawaddy, March, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts, by Susan Conway.
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Book Review: Dutch Footprints Along the Irrawaddy

The Irrawaddy, February, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Seventeenth-century Burma and the Dutch East India Company.
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Book Review: North Korea under Kim Jong Il

Far Eastern Economic Review, Jan/Feb, 2007

Bertil Lintner reviews Sung Chull Kim's North Korea under Kim Jong Il: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance.
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Book Review: India-Asean Economic Relations

Far Eastern Economic Review, November, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews India-Asean Economic Relations: Meeting the Challenges of Globalization edited by Nagesh Kumar, Rahul Sen and Mukul Asher.
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Book Review: On the Trail of a Killer

The Irrawaddy, September, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews this compelling tale of one man's search for the commandant of a notorious Khmer Rouge death camp.
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Book Review: A Rebel Reporter

The Irrawaddy, August, 2006

Communist party hack or serious historian? The jury's still undecided about a key observer of 20th century Asian dramas
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Book Review: What it means to be Lao

Asia Times, July 29, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Vatthana Pholsena's book Post-war Laos: The Politics of Culture, History and Identity
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: Superstition, Rumor and Gun Law

The Irrawaddy, July, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Burma at the Turn of the 21st Century, an academic study of Burma which though long on humorous anecdotes is short of real political analysis.
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Book Review: Some Heroes, Many Villains

Asia Times, June 3, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Restless Souls: Rebels, Refugees, Medics and Misfits on the Thai-Burma Border, a book by by Phil Thornton
[read the article at www.atimes.com]

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Book Review: The Divisions Within

The Irrawaddy, April, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Ethnic Conflicts in Southeast Asia, edited by Kusuma Snitwongse and W Scott Thomson.
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Book Review: A Question of Identity

The Irrawaddy, March, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations by Pavin Chachavalpongpun.
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Book Review: Burma and the KGB

The Irrawaddy, February, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West.
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Book Review: Two Faces of Chiarman Mao

The Irrawaddy, January, 2006

Bertil Lintner reviews Mao: The Unknown Story, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday.
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Book Review: Bangladesh: The New Afghanistan?

Far Eastern Economic Review, December, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Hiranmay Karlekar's Bangladesh: The New Afghanistan?
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Book Review: The Wa Conundrum

The Irrawaddy, November, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Trouble in the Triangle: Opium and Conflict in Burma.
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Book Review: Beyond the Tales of Kings and Wars

The Irrawaddy, October, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews A History of Thailand by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, a bold new interpretation of Thai history.
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Book Review: Kingdom of Conflict

The Irrawaddy, August, 2005

Bertil Lintner finds that Ibrahim Syukri's examination of southern Thailand's chequered past couldn't be more timely.
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Book Review: Dead and Buried?

The Irrawaddy, June, 2005

Any book about the question of guilt for the Cambodian genocide, and who should be brought to justice, is bound to cause controversy, and Getting Away With Genocide, by Tom Fawthrop and Helen Jarvis is no exception, writes Bertil Lintner.
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Book Review: What Makes Thais Tick?

The Irrawaddy, May, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture and finds that Philip Cornwel-Smith provides some entertaining insights.
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Book Review: The Frontierslady

The Irrawaddy, April, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Edith Mirante's exciting but ugly account of her travels in Burma's border areas.
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Book Review: Cambodia's Bad Dream

The Irrawaddy, March, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Philip Short's account of Pol Pot and his regime.
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Book Review: The Burma Campaign and Beyond

Irrawaddy, January, 2005

Bertil Lintner reviews Jon Latimer's account of the Burma Campaign.
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Book Review: Rediscovering Orwell

Far Eastern Economic Review, December, 2004

Bertil Lintner reviews two recent book on Burma.
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Book Review: From Decorated Hero to Public Enemy No. 1

Bangkok Post, July 10, 2004

Bertil Lintner review the memoirs of Malaysian communist leader Chin Peng, an invaluable contribution to understanding how history shaped modern Southeast Asia.
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Book Review: An American in Vientiane

Far Eastern Economic Review, March 18, 2004

Brett Dakin's account of his experience working in Laos adds to the small pool of such records on the country, writes Bertil Lintner.
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Book Review: An Iron Grip

Far Eastern Economic Review, January 29, 2004

Burma's ruling junta has long resisted reform. Mary Callahan's book explains that it will probably keep doing so, writes Bertil Lintner.
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Book Review: A Black Force in Taiwan

Far Eastern Economic Review, January 22, 2004

Bertil Lintner reviews Ko-lin Chin's Heijin: Organized Crime, Business, and Politics in Taiwan.
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Book Review: The Roots of Cambodia's Confusion

Far Eastern Economic Review, June 26, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews Evan Gottesman's Cambodia: After the Khmer Rouge. Inside the Politics of Nation Building.
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Book Review: Uncovering the Secrets of the Japanese Yakuza

Far Eastern Economic Review, May 29, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews two books exposing the corrupt and often vicious underworld of the Japanese Yakuza.
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Book Review: Surviving Bangkok's Slums

Far Eastern Economic Review, May 08, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews The Slaughterhouse: True stories from Bangkok's Klong Toey slum, a collection of stories written by Joe Maier, a Redemptorist priest who has been living and working in Bangkok's most notorious slum for more than 30 years.
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Book Review: Laos as it Really Was

Far Eastern Economic Review, February 20, 2003

Mervyn Brown, deputy to the British ambassador in Laos in the 1960s, seeks, through his recollections of the civil war in Laos, to correct the impression that a diplomat's life is an easy one. A book Review by Bertil Lintner.
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Book Review: Burmese Battleground

Far Eastern Economic Review, January 16, 2003

Bertil Lintner reviews The War in Burma 1942-45: A Vital contribution to Victory in The Far East, by JulianThompson.
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Book Review: Terrorism - Think Local

Far Eastern Economic Review, December 5, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews Rohan Gunaratna's recent book on Al Qaeda and international terrorism.
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Book Review: Take a Trek to the North

Far Eastern Economic Review, November 21, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews some of the recent guidebooks and maps of Northern Thailand, and finds plenty of great reading for the avid traveller.
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Book Review: Missing Millions

Far Eastern Economic Review, July 18, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews 10 Months in Laos: A Vast Web of Intrigue, Missing Millions and Murder, by Paul Conroy.
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Book Review: More Than a Game in Burma

Far Eastern Economic Review, June 06, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews Andrew Marshall's book The Trouser People.
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Book Review: Asia's Sex Trap

Far Eastern Economic Review, March 21, 2002

Bertil Lintner reviews Fallen Angels: The Sex Workers of South Asia edited by John Frederick and Thomas L. Kelly.
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Book Review: His Story, not History

The Irrawaddy, August 2000

Bertil Lintner reviews The 1998 Uprising in Burma by Dr Maung Maung
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Book Review: Trapped in the Middle

Far Eastern Economic Review, December 2, 1999

Forty years after the People's Liberation Army crushed a popular uprising in Lhasa, the suppressed history of Tibet is finally being written. Bertil Lintner reviews two recent books on the subject.
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Book Review: China's Boundless Main

Far Eastern Economic Review, December 4, 1997

Bertil Lintner reviews Ying-hai Shang-lan: The Overall Survey of the Ocean's Shores, by Ma Huan, White Lotus imprint
[read the article (pdf)]

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