Francis Wade is a journalist specialising in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He began reporting on Myanmar in 2009 with the exiled Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation, based in Northern Thailand, before going on to cover in-depth the transition from military rule and the violence that accompanied it. He has reported from across South and Southeast Asia for The Guardian, TIME, Foreign Policy Magazine, and others. He is now based in London.
'Lucid ... exceptionally timely ... vital to understanding how
things could go so disastrously wrong. Wade predicted the miserable
fate of Myanmar's hated Muslim minority.'
Economist'As Francis Wade's excellent new book shows, this disaster was easily predictable and, with a bit of forethought, could have easily been prevented.'
'[Wade's] razor-sharp attention to narrative ... succeeds, with remarkable nuance and precision, at bringing the country's intricate history into the present.'
Los Angeles Review of Books'A lucid and admirable attempt to come to terms with a deeply complicated country.'
TLS'Bold and brave ... Wade's book tells the personal stories of Muslim and Buddhist characters who have animated the tragic scenes of Myanmar's deadly morality play.'
'This is a deeply insightful work on the dynamics of ethnic violence.'
Foreign Affairs 'A book of impressive historical depth and intellectual acuity. Francis Wade shatters many cliches about religious violence as he explores its tangled roots in Buddhist Myanmar.' Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present
'Francis Wade has invested immense energy in pursuit of the
truth about the tragedy of Myanmar and its Muslim population. There
is no other writer on this topic with the same moral courage and
intellectual insight. His work demands serious attention.'
Fergal Keane, BBC Correspondent and author of Road of Bones: The Epic Siege of Kohima'Essential for all who wish to understand the ethnic cleansing that today threatens Myanmar's Rohingya population and, with it, Myanmar's tenuous path to democracy. Historically deep, balanced, large-spirited, and adorned with vivid and enlightening vignettes.'
James C. Scott, Yale University, author of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia.
`This gripping investigation into the plight of Myanmar's Muslim
community reads like a forensic case history, uncovering the full
extent of a nation's festering wound. Lucid, compassionate,
admirably researched and reasoned, here is scholarly reportage at
Wendy Law-Yone, author of Golden Parasol: A Daughter's Memoir Of Burma
`Elegantly written, empirically rich, and analytically
nuanced, the book combines in-depth, on-the-ground reportage with a
solid command of the scholarship. An excellent book.'
John T. Sidel, LSE, and author of Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia
'A fine, engrossing work, at the centre of which is that all
too common enmity and conflict between people of different
religious and ethnic adherences.'
Paul Brass, author of The Production of Hindu-Muslim Violence in Contemporary India'A sober account of ethnic mistrust and communal violence in Myanmar.'
Australian Foreign Affairs'The strength of Myanmar's enemy within lies in Wade's attempt to understand and explain the complex ways in which discrimination has been perpetuated and entrenched, by looking at the human experience-on all sides-of this ongoing situation ... excellent starting-points for those wanting to understand more about the situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar.'
International Affairs'Dotted with anecdotal recollections, the book brilliantly captures how individual lives are shaped, reshaped and irrevocably damaged due to a real or acquired membership within a certain group ... an important work informing debates in these troubled times.'