Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600571 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781783600588 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only

A Kingdom in Crisis

Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Andrew MacGregor Marshall

A Kingdom in Crisis

Andrew MacGregor Marshall

Distributed for Zed Books

248 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781783600571 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781783600588 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Contents
Introduction: Telling the truth about Thailand

Part I: Royalty versus reality
1. 'When the legends die, all collapses' - Thailand's political awakening
2. 'In a never-never land, never mind' - Welcome to the Land of Smiles
3. 'Cosmological bluster' - The dramatics of despotism

Part II: Thai-style democracy and its discontents
4. 'Our country belongs to the people - not to the king' - Thailand's unfinished revolution
5. 'I really am an elected king' - The royalist revival
6. 'There is magic, goodness and power in his heart' - The deification of Rama IX

Part III: The secrets of succession
7. 'Endless struggles for the throne' - The causes of chronic palace conflict
8. 'One neither walks, speaks, drinks, eats, nor cooks without some kind of ceremony' - The pleasures and privations of being king
9. 'I cannot afford to die' - The tragedy of King Bhumibol

Part IV: Crisis and confrontation
10. 'Living in horrifying times' - Twilight of the oligarchy
11. 'Coupmakers' haunted dreams' - Escalation and enlightenment
12. 'Returning happiness to the people' - Denying democracy, sabotaging succession
Epilogue: 'Flip on the lights and flush out the ghosts' - What the future holds
Review Quotes
David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté
“An explosive analysis that lays bare what the Thai elite has tried to keep hidden for decades. A clear-eyed view of what is really at stake in Thailand's continuing turmoil.”
Joe Studwell, author of Asian Godfathers and How Asia Works
“A timely and highly readable account of the grim political reality of the Land of Smiles. An essential primer for every visitor.”
Simon Long, Banyan columnist, The Economist
“Andrew MacGregor Marshall has written perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand's present political impasse. He explains how an aspect of the crisis whose importance many analysts in Thailand and overseas have an interest in minimizing—the looming succession in the Thai royal family—is in fact central. A brilliant book that could perhaps have been written only by somebody who knows Thailand so well he knew he had to leave the country to write it.”
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
“Finally someone says the unsayable. A must read for observers of Thai politics.”
Christine Gray, anthropologist and pioneering analyst of Thailand's monarchy
“A brilliant, incisive rewriting of Thailand's history and monarchy. An instant classic that promises to permanently change the conversation, both inside and outside the country.”
Paul Handley, author of The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
“A bold and convincing argument that at the center of Thailand’s political turmoil is the succession to the throne.”
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