Burma: The Curse of Independence by Shelby Tucker, 2001

Burma is a country blessed with rich natural resources, traditional crafts and cultural diversity, but cursed with many problems..Shelby Tucker, author of this book, traces the impact of colonization, eventually torn part by the seismic events of the Japanese invasion and British reconquest.  Following the killing of Aung San and the British departure, this book also analyses the downward spiral of Burman misrule, its mistreatment of minorities and cooperation with the international traffic in drugs…

This is a must-read for anyone wishing to catch up on Burma’s past, and to understand Burma.