Author Thant Myint-U is a former senior UN official and also the only grandson of former UN Secretary-General, U Thant. His noteworthy personal background provides the context for his latest book, The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma.

It has been getting some good reviews – from both the New York Times and the New Yorker.

I am yet to see a copy but this is obviously the type of book that New Mandala takes great interest in. If any New Mandala readers have read it, and want to kick off a discussion of Thant Myint-U’s latest contribution to understandings of Burmese history, I would be delighted to hear from you.