Thant Myint-U was educated at Harvard and Cambridge University and later taught history for several years as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat in New York. He is the author of a personal history of Burma, The River of Lost Footsteps.

Books in order of publication:

Knowledge and Multilateral Interventions2000
The Making of Modern Burma2001
The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma2006
The Un Secretariat: A Brief History (1945-2006)2007
Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia2011
The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century2019