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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: Pridi Banomyong, Prem Tinsulanonda, Vichaichan, Plaek Pibulsonggram, Vajiralongkorn, Sarit Thanarat, Kitiyakara Voralaksana, Purachatra Jayakara, Mahidol Adulyadej, Yugala Dighambara, Rangsit Prayurasakdi, Damrong Rajanubhab, Pinklao, Sanya Dharmasakti, Si Suriyawongse, Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh, Paribatra Sukhumbhand, Chudadhuj Dharadilok, Vajirunhis, Narisara Nuvadtivongs, Devavongse, Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, Aditya Dibabha Abhakara. Excerpt: Pridi Banomyong (Thai: ; RTGS: Pridi Phanomyong; Chinese: ; May 11, 1900 - May 2, 1983) was a highly revered Thai politician. He was a former Prime Minister and Senior Statesman of Thailand, and was named one of the world's great personalities of the 20th century by UNESCO in 2000. Pridi wrote that his great-great-great grandfather, Heng, was a native of Etang village in Chenghai District, China who came to Siam during the reign of Boromaracha V, leaving behind his wife, who was pregnant with their son, Seng. Heng lived in Siam among the Chinese relatives of King Taksin, who recruited some of the local Chinese, including Heng, to fight against the Burmese invaders in 1767. Heng died in the service of the half-Chinese king. Taksin compensated Heng's family, after they sent a letter inquiring about him. Seng chose to live his life in China as a rice farmer. However, Seng's son, Tan Nai Kok (陳盛于/陈盛于; Chen Chengyu; Tan Sêng-u), emigrated to Siam in 1814, during the reign of King Rama II. Nai Kok settled in Ayutthaya and made his living by selling Chinese and Thai sweets; it is said he had made innovations by combining Chinese and Thai culinary skills. A devout Buddhist, Nai Kok married a Thai woman named Pin. Pin's sister, Boonma, would become an ancestor of Pridi's wife Poonsuk. Their son, Nai Koet, married Khum, daughter of a wealthy Chinese entrepreneur. When Nai Koet died, his ...
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