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The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

Author: Paul M Handley
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world's longest-serving monarch. This book tells the unexpected story of his life and 60-year rule -- how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha, and how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political, autocratic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand; Bhumibol Adulyadej; Bhumibol Adulyadej, roi de Thaïlande; König) Bhumibol Aduljadeh (Thailand; Bhumibol Adulyadej; Bhumibol Aduljadeh, Thailand König; Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul M Handley
ISBN: 0300106823 9780300106824
OCLC Number: 62322310
Description: xi, 499 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A dhammaraja from America --
From pure blood to dynastic failure --
1932: revolution and exile --
Restoration to regicide --
Revenge of the monarchists, 1946-49 --
Romance in Lausanne: Bhumibol prepared to reign --
The Cold War, 1952-57 --
Field Marshal Sarit: the palace finds its strongman --
Going to war --
Reborn Democrat? --
Royal vigilantism and massacre, 1974-76 --
What went wrong: cosmic panic, business failure, midcareer crisis --
Who's the enemy? --
In the king's image: the perfect general prem --
Family headaches --
Another coup from the throne --
May 1992: October 1976 redux --
Sanctifying royalty and stonewalling democracy in the 1990s --
Another family annus horribilis --
The economic crash and Bhumibol's new theory --
Going into seclusion: can the monarchy survive Bhumibol?
Responsibility: Paul M. Handley.
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Presents the story of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej's life and 60-year rule: how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha; and how a king seen as beneficent and  Read more...

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