Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Revolutionary King by William Stevenson @ RM60
New in paperback. An informally written story of the life of Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand's King Rama IX, who came to the throne at age 19, after the controversial death of his brother. The author, a London-born journalist, quotes from incidents in which he had a part and many conversations he has had with those associated with 20th century events including the King himself, other members of the Royal Family and the remarkable and influential Queen Mother (1900-1995). Windows opened onto the usually opaque scene of Thailand 's recent history offer new insights onto the events, strife, tragedies and ideals which have contributed to the present unique status of the world's longest serving constitutional monarch.