The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Religion - 499 pages
21 Reviews
This groundbreaking book of literary detective work alters our understanding of T. S. Eliot's poetic masterpiece, The Waste Land. Lawrence Rainey not only resolves longstanding mysteries surrounding the composition of the poem he also overturns traditional interpretations of the poem that have prevailed for more than eighty years. He shines new light on Eliot's greatest achievement and on the poem's place in the modern canon. Far from the austere and sober monument to neoclassicism that admirers have praised, The Waste Land turns out to be something quite different: something grim and wild, unruly and intractable, violent and shocking and radically indeterminate, yet also deeply compassionate. Rainey looks at how Eliot went about writing the poem and at the sequence in which he composed the parts. Arriving at new insights into the poet's intentions, Rainey unsettles tradition-bound views of the poem and shows us that The Waste Land is even stranger and more startling than we knew.
  

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Review: The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

Interesting reading about a topic I knew next to nothing about. I understand current Thai politics and culture much better now than before I started. The book would definitely benefit from maps ... Read full review

Review: The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

User Review  - Kyle Hafar - Goodreads

Highly critical of the current monarch and his family. This would be very unpleasant reading if you subscribe to the whole mythology/personality cult which has been built up over decades. While it ... Read full review

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Contents

1 A Dhammaraja from America
12
2 From Pure Blood to Dynastic Failure
26
Revolution and Exile
44
4 Restoration to Regicide
64
5 Revenge of the Monarchists194649
80
6 Romance in Lausanne Bhumibol Prepares to Reign
100
7 The Cold War 195257
114
8 Field Marshal Sarit The Palace Finds Its Strongman
139
14 Whos the Enemy?
257
15 In the Kings Image
276
16 Family Headaches
299
17 Another Coup for the Throne
328
October 1976 Redux
346
19 Sanctifying Royalty and Stonewalling Democracy in the 1990s
363
20 Another Family Annus Horribilis
394
21 The Economic Crash and Bhumibols New Theory
407

9 Bhumibol in the 1960s A Dhammarajos Brilliance Unfolds
156
10 Going to War
180
11 Reborn Democrat?
194
12 Royal Vigilantism and Massacre197476
214
13 What Went Wrong Cosmic Panic Buisness Failure Midcareer Crisis
238
22 Going into Seclusion Can the Monarch Survive Bhumibol?
427
Notes
451
Index m
477
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