King Bhumibol Adulyadej - A Life's Work


Editor-in-chief Nicholas Grossman, General editor Dominic Faulder, Foreword by Anand Panyarachun

Includes sections that provide valuable insights into topics rarely discussed in print.

384 pp, 270 mm x 195 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4260-56-5
RRP USD40.00 buy from amazon


Category: Biography & Autobiography, Politics & Commentary
Theme: Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is the world’s longest reigning monarch. Indeed, his 65-year reign is one of the longest in world history, an achievement few would have predicted when the Thai king acceded the throne after the mysterious death of his brother in 1946. How did King Bhumibol revive the sinking fortunes of the Thai monarchy? Why has he become arguably the most revered king in Thai history? This illustrated biography tells that remarkable story.

Beginning with an introduction explaining the unique history and traditions of the Thai monarchy, King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work offers a fresh and insightful account of his life, from his birth in America and education in Europe to his unexpected accession to the throne. Following him through the Cold War and Indochina War periods, the book shows how the king has used his position to help develop the country and its people while at the same time securing the status of the monarchy itself.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work also includes insightful chapters on the often-misunderstood institutions that support the crown - the Crown Property Bureau and Privy Council - as well as essays on the controversial lèse-majesté law and the issue of succession.

Includes sections that provide valuable insights into topics rarely discussed in print.

Sydney Morning Herald

Not a sugar-coated description of the world’s longest-reigning monarch … candid and non-partisan.

The Nation

A frank and honest picture of His Majesty the King, not in the usual laudatory or hagiographic sentiment. 

Bangkok Post

Lifts the level of discussion to a more knowledgeable and sensible level. 

Daily News

Includes sections that provide valuable insights into topics rarely discussed in print.

Thai Rath

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work has been researched and written by a team of highly respected foreign and local academics, journalists and experts. Among them are a former Asian history professor from Cambridge University, a Time magazine correspondent, several editors of weekly news magazines and news bureaus, and top experts in certain fields related to the king’s work.

Contributors include: Chris Baker, David Streckfuss, Porphant Ouyyanont, Julian Gearing, Paul Wedel, Richard Ehrlich, Robert Horn, Joe Cummings, and Robert Woodrow.

The Foreward was written by Anand Panyarachun.


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