Peter Popham visited Burma several times as an undercover reporter to research his new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi: The Lady and the Peacock. As a foreign correspondent, mostly with The Independent, he has lived for long periods in Japan, India, and Italy, and has written about more than 20 other countries including Mongolia, Yemen, Albania, and the USA. He was taken hostage by Maoist guerrillas in Nepal, entered Kabul on the heels of the fleeing Taliban, and identified the abductor of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl two weeks ahead of the Pakistani police. In Italy, he argued long and hard in his newspaper for the innocence of Amanda Knox. He was deported from Burma in 2010 but returned with a different identity to meet Aung San Suu Kyi again.
Sebastian Strangio explores books that complicate the international image of Burma....