Chronicle of Thailand is the story of Thailand during the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Beginning on the day he was crowned, 9 June 1946, the book presents a vivid eyewitness account of Thailand’s development through the major news events of the last 64 years. Offering a grandstand view of events as they unfolded–the coronation of Rama IX, the suppression of Communism, the Vietnam War era, the October 1973 uprising, economic boom, great sporting moments, cultural firsts, unforgettable tragedies–and quirky aspects of daily life that just happened to make the news. It is history made live.
Along with a year-by-year review of the major news stories in Thailand, there is also a timeline of international events, including developments in other pasts of the region. The book features thousands of rare and fascinating pictures and illustrations, representing one of the most comprehensive photo collects of Thailand ever produced.
Chronicle of Thailand begins with an introduction by William Warren, who has lived in Thailand since 1959 and written more than 50 books about the country. Warren sets the stage by presenting an introduction to the situation in Thailand in 1945 as it emerged from Japanese occupation during World War II.
Research sources for the book included Thai and English-language newspapers. Photographs too came from a variety of archives. Interspersed throughout are cartoons, advertisements, album covers, film posters and other visual material, that greatly enliven the ‘slice of life’ the book provides.
Resident in Bangkok now for 50 years, William Warren is the author of more than 50 books. He has written extensively about Thailand, most notably for Jim Thompson: An Unsolved Mystery.
Nicholas Grossman (Editor-in-Chief)
Nicholas has lived in Thailand for 10 years and has written for many newspapers and publications in Thailand and overseas before joining Editions Didier Millet. He is also the editor-in-chief of King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work. Nicholas graduated with a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University.
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