The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

by Paul M. Handley
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ISBN-10:
0300106823
ISBN-13:
9780300106824
Pub. Date:
08/07/2006
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent piece of research journalism on a 'taboo' topic. I live in Thailand and most people have no access to unbiased news of their king. This work lifts the veil and it is gripping.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If the king is so wonderful, why is this book banned in Thailand? Why did he support the military coup in 2006? Why is the Thai government afraid to let people make up their own minds?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, this book served as an excellent introduction to Thailand's recent history and political climate while I was preparing for my expatriation to the country. It is not always easy to discern what is exactly going on in a country that is not your home, especially in cases where the local language is so far from your own native one. While I cannot authenticate the contents of the book, it did prepare me to consider what could be happening all around me. Do all 63 million Thais love their king? With lèse majesté laws that is difficult to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The content is fascinating but the text is small and does not increase in size no matter what size you attempt to assign it with Nook controls. The publisher should be embarrassed and B&N should do a better job of ensuring product format quality. Unacceptable.
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Danita Medina More than 1 year ago
No Thai will buy this book in Thailand because everyone love their king and know how hard he work fir the country. One of the greatest king of all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book's title tells how bias the whole book is. The truth is there are thousands of photos with the smiley king, but the author chose the one that he is sitting on the throne in a very formal ceremony. I can't believe he lived in Thailand for many years and never learned or researched the Thai cultures that in a formal event everybody ,whether you are king or not, is supposed to remain calm and unemotional as they consider good manners. The book is very insensitive by using Western culture to judge Thai people. I hate this book because it is so obvious that it is very money-driven by trying to defame the king with wrong accusation. Thailand is a free country. It's not true that people have no access to unbias news about their king. Every single Thai people loves the king for his dedication to develop their country. You will never find even one Thai person in this world who dislike his/her king, because they all know that King Rama IX is a kind leader who lead the country to be better everyday. He is one of the few kings in Thailand's history who was given an honor to be 'the Great'. The book is an insult. Its qualities equal to dirty gossip on tabloid magazines about royal families. Please don't be fooled by this book. Use your own judgement and don't waste your time and money on this book.