Myanmar is one of my favorite countries. When I first visited in 1988, the country was still known as Burma. General Ne Win ruled the place with his iron fist. Trouble that started during my week-long visit led a cabal of generals to take over. When I returned in 2002, it governed the renamed Myanmar as the State Peace and Development Council. By my last visit in 2015, the fragile democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi was taking hold.
The changes over those twenty-seven years have been dramatic, but the country is in many ways timeless. Despite its troubles, I encourage everyone to go. Engagement, not isolation, brings progress – for more on that topic, see my Top Five Places to Go Now.
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
A Novel of New Amsterdam by Bill Greer
A "romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages ... Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they can expect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before they have finished."
-- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York
A DIRTY YEAR
Sex, Suffrage & Scandal in Gilded Age New York
A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.
Forthcoming from Chicago Review Press