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Thailand
David K. Wyatt
0300084757
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This highly acclaimed book, the standard history of Thailand for almost twenty years, has now been completely revised by the author. David K. Wyatt has also added new sections examining the social and economic changes that have transformed the country in the past two decades.

From the Back Cover
"Wyatt knows his subject well enough and has enough enthusiasm for it to make his book . . . entertaining as well as eminently educational." -David McElveen, Asiaweek; "A very readable account. . . .We come away from reading it with a clearer understanding of where Thailand stands in relation to its neighbors, who the Thai people are, how the Thai government evolved into its present form."-James Stent, Asian Wall Street Journal; "Concise, thorough, and readable."-John Gabree, New York...


A History of Thailand
Chris Baker
0521016479
June 2005
Paperback
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Review
'As the most conceptual study of thailand yet it reaches a new level of sophistication.' BBC History Magazine
'Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit cover this ground with secure jusgement and great insight.' Times Literary Supplement
'In A History of Thailand, Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, two respected Bangkok-based scholars, offer a lively, highly readable account of modern Thai history, the first such history in English for two decades.' Financial Times

Book Description
Covering the past three centuries of Thai history, this book reveals how a landscape of sparsely populated forest and jungle was transformed into villages and paddy fields, with a rural society of smallholder peasants and an urban society populated mainly by migrants from southern China. It demonstrates how...


The King Never Smiles : A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
Paul M. Handley
0300106823
July 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
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. The King Never Smiles, the first independent biography of Thailand's monarch, tells the unexpected story of Bhumibol's life and sixty-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 and autocratic.
Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the king’s youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skillful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Handley takes full note of Bhumibol's achievements in art, in...


Thailand: A Short History
David K. Wyatt
0300035829
September 1986
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
This highly acclaimed book, the standard history of Thailand for almost twenty years, has now been completely revised by the author. David K. Wyatt has also added new sections examining the social and economic changes that have transformed the country in the past two decades. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover
"Wyatt knows his subject well enough and has enough enthusiasm for it to make his book . . . entertaining as well as eminently educational." -David McElveen, Asiaweek; "A very readable account. . . .We come away from reading it with a clearer understanding of where Thailand stands in relation to its neighbors, who the Thai people are, how the Thai government evolved into its present form."-James Stent, Asian Wall Street Journal;...


The Revolutionary King
William Stevenson
1841194514
September 2001
Paperback
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Culture Smart! Thailand
Roger Jones
1558687785
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Culture Smart! is a new series of travel guides written for the traveler on the go. Each volume is a quick, accurate guide to customs and etiquette. Outstanding features of CULTURE SMART! * All the essential cultural and etiquette points are covered, making you confident in a variety of situations. * You will know what to expect in each particular culture. * You will learn how to behave in specific social and business situations. * Essential attitudes and values are clearly explained. * You will find each topic a quick, easy read due to the concise writing style. * Laid out in a clear and easy-to-read format. * Each book has the same look, page count, and organization for reference use. * Small and light, it tucks into your pocket or purse for on-the-go use. * Your Culture Smart! books are written by a staff of...


The Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand and Myanmar : Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping (Impact Guides)
Ron Krannich
1570232032
August 2004
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
"...An absolute 'must-have' for international travelers looking to obtain quality goods or souvenirs from Thailand at a reasonable price."

Book Description
This book examines the many travel pleasures and shopping treasures found in the major cities of Thailand and Mynamar.

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A History of Thailand
Christopher Baker
0521816157
May 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'As the most conceptual study of thailand yet it reaches a new level of sophistication.' BBC History Magazine
'Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit cover this ground with secure jusgement and great insight.' Times Literary Supplement
'In A History of Thailand, Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, two respected Bangkok-based scholars, offer a lively, highly readable account of modern Thai history, the first such history in English for two decades.' Financial Times

Book Description
Covering the past three centuries of Thai history, this book reveals how a landscape of sparsely populated forest and jungle was transformed into villages and paddy fields, with a rural society of smallholder peasants and an urban society populated mainly by migrants from southern China. It demonstrates how...


4,000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison
Warren Fellows
0312253648
March 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Survivors' tales are almost always dramatic, and Fellows's, though often stalled in mediocre writing, is no different. In 1978, at the age of 25, the Australian was convicted for heroin trafficking between his country and Thailand. Sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison, Fellows spent 12 years in Thai prisons, each one more atrocious than the next. He recounts in stomach-wrenching detail how the Thai guards forced him to crawl through a pool of sewage, and how he routinely watched such horrors as guards caning prisoners to death. He also tells of how he turned to heroin, partly to alleviate his loneliness and desperation, and of how guards turned a blind eye to the infraction. While Fellows's account isn't nearly as riveting as Billy Hayes's Midnight Express and suffers from jumbled passages and poor...


Thai Classical Singing
Dusadee Swangviboonpong
0754607909
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Contemporary Thai
Wongvipa Devahastin Na Ayudhya, et al
9625938281
May 15, 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
These books use beautiful color photographs to reveal the interiors of homes found in their respective countries. Private Sydney and South Africa provide a glimpse at contemporary interior design as practiced in each place, in some cases incorporating items from the native locale. Tropical Living and Contemporary Thai highlight the vernacular furniture, fabric, floor coverings, and decorative accessories of their respective countries in addition to showing contemporary interiors. Purchase where there is an interest in contemporary interior design. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

North Carolina Builder/Architect
“Offers a rich spectrum of decorating choices for the contemporary homeowner.”

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In the Land of Lady White Blood
Lorraine M. Gesick
0877277176
Mar 1995
Paperback
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The Journal of Asian Studies
"This interesting work contributes significantly to changing scholarly perspectives on Thai and Southeast Asian historiography and ethnohistory."

Khosana
"This work…should advance the study of local historical consciousness as a tool for histographic interpretation."

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Love Always, Petra: A Story of Courage and the Discovery of Life's Hidden Gifts
Petra Nemcova
0446579130
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A true tale of courage, tragedy, and love.At the age of twenty-five, Petra Nemcova was leading a charmed life, complete with a busy modeling career (including a Sports Illustrated¨ cover), a handsome and loving photographer boyfriend, and a jetsetting lifestyle. This was a far cry from her childhood, which she spent under the specter of communism in the former Czechoslovakia.But her world changed forever on December 26, 2004 when a powerful tsunami hit the resort of Khaolak, Thailand, where she was vacationing with her boyfriend, Simon Atlee. As he was swept away by the fierce waves, Petra managed to cling to a tree for nearly eight hours, even as her pelvis was shattered by the ocean+s ferocious power and her legs lost all feeling.Petra+s remarkable grace under pressure and the brave rescue by heroic Thai natives...


Chinese Society in Thailand
G. William Skinner
1597400920
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Flying through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions over Laos during the Vietnam War
John T. Halliday
0743274881
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
When John Halliday arrived at Thailand's Nakhon Phanom Air Base in 1970, he thought the next year would bore him out of his skull. He believed his mission in the Vietnam War would be to fly cargo around Thailand. What could be easier? A couple of nights later, Halliday found himself dodging dozens of anti-aircraft shells in an aging cargo plane over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Flying Through Midnight is his riveting account of his top-secret black-ops assignment--one of the most dangerous of the war.

Halliday flew slow propeller-driven relics at night deep into guerrilla territory in the "unofficial" war in Laos. His task with the 606th Special Operations Squadron was to help pinpoint guerrilla truck convoys for U.S. planes to bomb. Meanwhile, President Richard Nixon denied U.S. forces were fighting in Laos. Halliday wasn't...



Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami
Erich Krauss
1594863784
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Kraus (Wall of Flame) provides a compelling account of four families in a Thai village devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004. The author first describes the harsh everyday existence of these villagers before the tsunami: a life of poverty in which children are sent off to work for abusive bosses, of earning a hazardous living by diving for tin or stealing lobsters from Burmese traps. The villagers Krauss describes are courageous: one woman, Dang, became an activist, fighting the powerful tin-mining company trying to force her from the land. Puek, blinded in an accident, rallied to help his wife, Lek, after the death of their young son. Krauss then details the tragic tsunami and its aftermath. Trying unsuccessfully to save a baby as wave after wave comes over her, one woman knows "she would never sleep...


Anna and the King of Siam
Margaret Landon
0060954884
December 1, 1999
Paperback
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Atlantic Monthly
"An enchanting book. The author wears her scholarship with grace, and the amazing story she has to tell is recounted with humor and understanding. And what a story it is!"

From AudioFile
First published almost 60 years ago and the basis of THE KING AND I, this classic tale blends fact and fiction as it tells the story of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens, who becomes governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860s. The story is filled with detailed description and is delivered with little vocal variation by narrator Kate Reading. Those who love history and travel will be enchanted by Reading's crisp rendition; those seeking dramatic action and adventure will do better to listen to something else. B.L.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright ©...


Thai Tellings of Phra Malai
Bonnie Pacala Brereton
1881044076
June 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
The legend of the compassionate monk, Phra Malai, and his visits to heaven and hell is one of the most pervasive themes in Thai Buddhism. While the tale is known throughout Southeast Asia, it has been especially popular in Thailand, where its teachings have for centuries influenced the content of sermons and the practice of different rituals. Although Western scholars sometimes refer to the Phra Malai legend as if it were a standard text, the tale actually exists in numerous versions. In the course of Brereton's research, she collected and examined more than a dozen different versions of the story. Her analysis suggests that the message conveyed through these variant forms of the legend is not always the same. In other words, the meaning of the text derives not only from its content, but also from its function....


Chronoliths
Robert Charles Wilson
0812545249
June 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Robert Charles Wilson is an accomplished and acclaimed writer with an impressive body of work. The Chronoliths is his best novel yet, an intelligent, fascinating, and frightening account of a unique incarnation of time travel.

American software developer Scott Warden is living a careless expatriate life on the beaches of 21st century Thailand when a monolithic pillar, sheathed in ice and composed of an unknown, indestructible material, appears in the jungle. The artifact is a chronolith, a memorial commemorating the conquest of Thailand--20 years in the future. As Warden follows his estranged wife and badly injured daughter back to the U.S., more chronoliths celebrating future victories appear, to devastating effect. Bangkok and Jerusalem are destroyed, and societies worldwide dissolve in chaos or teeter...



Subject Siam: Family, Law, and Colonial Modernity in Thailand
Tamara Loos
0801443938
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, Thailand was never colonized by an imperial power. However, Siam (as Thailand was called until 1939) shared a great deal in common with both colonized states and imperial powers: its sovereignty was qualified by imperial nations while domestically its leaders pursued European colonial strategies of juridical control in the Muslim south. The creation of family law and courts in that region and in Siam proper most clearly manifests Siam’s dualistic position. Demonstrating the centrality of gender relations, law, and Siam’s Malay Muslims to the history of modern Thailand, Subject Siam examines the structures and social history of jurisprudence to gain insight into Siam’s unique position within Southeast Asian history. Tamara Loos elaborates on the processes of...


Laying The Tracks
Ichiro Kakizaki
1920901027
Dec 2004
Hardcover
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Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
Kevin Bales
0520243846
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
The horror of slavery, says Kevin Bales, is "not confined to history." It is not only possible that slave labor is responsible for the shoes on your feet or your daily consumption of sugar, he writes, the products of forced labor filter even more quietly into a broad portion of daily Western life. "They made the bricks for the factory that made the TV you watch. In Brazil slaves made the charcoal that tempered the steel that made the springs in your car and the blade on your lawnmower.... Slaves keep your costs low and returns on your investments high."

The exhaustive research in Disposable People shows that at least 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world. Bales, considered the world's leading expert on contemporary slavery, reveals the historical and economic conditions behind this resurgence. From...



The Art and Architecture of Thailand
Hiram Woodward
9004121374
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Written sources on Thai history are scarce. It took Hiram Woodward many years of painstaking archaeological and art-historical research to finally piece together this first ever comprehensive survey work on the art and architecture of Thailand from the earliest times until the establishment of the Thai-speaking kingdoms. The book, organized geographically and chronologically, covers four eras: the prehistoric period; the period characterized by the culture of the kingdom of Dvaravati; the centuries of Khmer dominance; and, as classical Khmer civilization waned, the period of the struggle for identity. A systematic and elucidating history of pre-fourteenth-century Thailand in a volume indispensable to historians of art, religion, politics, and society. Readership: All those interested in early Southeast Asia...


The Art And Architecture Of Thailand
Hiram Woodward
9004144404
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Written sources on Thai history are scarce. It took Hiram Woodward many years of painstaking archaeological and art-historical research to finally piece together this first ever comprehensive survey work on the art and architecture of Thailand from the earliest times until the establishment of the Thai-speaking kingdoms. The book, organized geographically and chronologically, covers four eras: the prehistoric period; the period characterized by the culture of the kingdom of Dvaravati; the centuries of Khmer dominance; and, as classical Khmer civilization waned, the period of the struggle for identity. A systematic and elucidating history of pre-fourteenth-century Thailand in a volume indispensable to historians of art, religion, politics, and society. Readership: All those interested in early Southeast Asia...


The New American Cooking
Joan Nathan
1400040345
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Surveying America's food scene, Joan Nathan, author of the much-praised Jewish Cooking in America, notes our increasing openness to exploring traditional ethnic fare as well as "new" dishes. In The New American Cooking she offers 280 recipes that reflect the growing influence of Asian, Indian, and Latin American cooking on our everyday tables, as well as providing formulas for the likes of Chicken with Barbecue Sauce and Jambalaya with Sausage and Shrimp--dishes to which we have returned, or never left behind. The menu-wide recipe range features such tantalizing fare as Turkish Cucumber Yogurt Soup, Tunisian Fish Couscous, and Grilled Thai Chicken with Lemongrass, and sweets including Wolfgang Puck's Kiwi Clafouti and Chocolate Bread Pudding with Dried Cherries and Brandied Cream Sauce. A chapter on vegetables...


Patpong Sisters : An American Woman's View of the Bangkok Sex World
Cleo Odzer
1559702818
October 17, 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As an anthropology graduate student, Odzer was in Thailand in 1988-90 studying its prostitution industry, centered in the Patpong district of Bangkok. Because of the culture's particularly repressive views of women's rights and female sexuality, according to the author, prostitution thrives, attracting many foreign male tourists. Studies estimate that between 15 and 30% of Thai women work in the sex industry, and Odzer's goal was to assess the impact of such a career on their lives. She discovered that, while prostitution is in many respects demeaning, its practitioners are nevertheless more "liberated" and more self-assertive than more traditional Thai women. The book is shorter on analysis than on narrative accounts of Odzer's interaction with various Patpong women and men, which, while lacking the academic...

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