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The Resource The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, Paul M. Handley, (electronic book)

The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, Paul M. Handley, (electronic book)

Label
The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
Title
The king never smiles
Title remainder
a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
Statement of responsibility
Paul M. Handley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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, and even brutal. Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the king's youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skilful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Blasting apart the widely accepted image of the king as egalitarian and virtuous, Handley convincingly portrays an anti-democratic monarch who, together with allies in big business and the corrupt Thai military, has protected a centuries-old, barely-modified feudal dynasty. When at nineteen Bhumibol assumed the throne after the still-unsolved shooting of his brother, the Thai monarchy had been stripped of power and prestige. Over the ensuing decades, Bhumibol became the paramount political actor in the kingdom, crushing critics while attaining high status among his people. The book details this process and depicts Thailand's unique constitutional monarch in the full light of the facts
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Handley, Paul M.
Dewey number
  • 959.304/4092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
DS586
LC item number
.H36 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Thailand
  • Bhumibol Adulyadej
Label
The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, Paul M. Handley, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 451-476) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10169993
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 499 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780300106824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The king never smiles : a biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, Paul M. Handley, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 451-476) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10169993
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 499 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780300106824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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