'Places a powerful magnifying glass over what precisely is happening in Myanmar...remarkable insights on almost every page.'
‘This book captures a story that needed to be told, and extracts lessons for both Myanmar and the world.'
Aung Naing Oo, Burmese peace and democracy advocate
‘Gives voice to all those in Myanmar who continue to fight for change. The change we see in Myanmar today did not fall from the sky. It was made by small steps won each day over years, . This book documents how these steps were taken.’
Nwet Kay Khine, journalist and former editor of The Voice (Myanmar)
‘Provides important insights into how internal politics, foreign powers, and cultural peculiarities can shape transition in the most unexpected ways.’
Yaraslau Kryvoi, University of West London
‘In an era when many are eager to declare themselves “Burma experts”, Matthew Mullen stands out for his humility and thoughtfulness.’
Rosalie Metro, University of Missouri
‘An insightful and rare analysis. Muller’s distinctive voice not only illuminates the big phenomenon but also their significance for people on the ground. An essential read for anybody interested in contemporary Myanmar.’
Claudio Sopranzetti, All Souls College, Oxford
'Mullen’s book sheds light on the reality of everyday life under military rule, and the stories he reveals challenge the narratives we have become accustomed to. During this often difficult period of top-down change in Myanmar, the book is a refreshing reminder that change comes from multiple sources and carries various meanings for each of us.'
Tea Circle, University of Oxford