The king never smiles

a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

By Handley, Paul M.

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ISBN
978-0-30010-682-4
Publisher
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.


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Reviewed on July 24, 2006

Early on, Handley declares that current king of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej's restoration of the Thai monarchy is, in fact, "one of the great untold stories of the 20th century." The dense history he assembles more than meets the high expectations he sets for himself. Bhumibol, ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty and the first American-born Thai monarch, took power in 1946 during a time when being king was not the most desirable job in the country. Handley offers a substantive history of the monarchy re...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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