Burma/Myanmar

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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.

 

Galleries

Bagan Gallery, Myanmar

Highlights from Myanmar's ancient empire of Pagan along the Irrawaddy River

Bagan Gallery

Schwedagon Pagoda Gallery

Scenes from the pagoda towering over Myanmar's capital Yangon

Schwedagon Pagoda Gallery

Mrauk U Gallery, Myanmar

Views of the ancient capital of Rakhine on Myanmar's west coast

Mrauk U Gallery

Stories

Springtime in Rangoon

A reminisce of a tumultuous week in Burma, 1988

Springtime in Rangoon

Irrawaddy Empire

The glory and wealth of the ancient empire of Pagan survives

Irrawaddy Empire

One Day's Adventure

Upriver with a boat of pig farmers to the ancient empire of Mrauk U

One Day's Adventure

Twilight at Ava

A British mission to the Burmese Court at Mandalay, 1855

Twilight at Ava

 

Bill's Books

The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
A Novel of New Amsterdam by Bill Greer

Mevrouw

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

About the Book
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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