A Kingdom in Crisis: Royal Succession and the Struggle for Democracy in 21st Century Thailand (Asian Arguments)

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Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. While scores of citizens have been killed on the streets of Bangkok and freedom of speech continues to be routinely denied, democracy appears like an increasingly distant idea. And many fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej may unleash even greater instability. Due to Thailand’s draconian lese majesté law, which prohibits anyone from questioning the royal family, no one has been willing to offer a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the country—until now. Going against the law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story. In Kingdom in Crisis he provides thorough background on Thailand today, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand
 
“An explosive analysis that lays bare what the Thai elite have tried to keep hidden for decades. A clear-eyed view of what is really at stake in Thailand’s continuing turmoil.”—David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté
 
“A timely and highly readable account of the grim political reality of the Land of Smiles. An essential primer for every visitor.” —Joe Studwell, author of How Asia Works

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Andrew MacGregor Marshall is a journalist, political risk consultant, and corporate investigator, focusing mainly on Southeast Asia. A fugitive from Thai law as a result of his journalism about the royal family, he now lives in Phnom Penh.

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'Given the relative paucity of accessible and critical English-language writing about the Thai monarchy, and the risks that such writing entails, A Kingdom in Crisis should be considered a significant accomplishment, and Zed Books should be given credit for being willing to publish it. For the many Westerners who continue to repeat outmoded and Orientalist slogans about the Kingdom, the book should prove to be a real eye-opener-not least in its discussion of the events that led to the current king taking the throne and expanding the social and political significance of the monarchy.' Pacific Affairs Journal `Andrew MacGregor Marshall has written perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand's present political impasse, He explains how an aspect of the crisis whose importance many analysts in Thailand and overseas have an interest in minimising - the looming succession in the Thai royal family - is in fact central. A brilliant book that could perhaps have been written only by somebody who knows Thailand so well he knew he had to leave the country to write it.' Simon Long, Banyan columnist, The Economist `An explosive analysis that lays bare what the Thai elite has tried to keep hidden for decades. A clear-eyed view of what is really at stake in Thailand's continuing turmoil.' David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lese-Majeste `A timely and highly readable account of the grim political reality of the Land of Smiles. An essential primer for every visitor.' Joe Studwell, author of Asian Godfathers and How Asia Works `Finally someone says the unsayable. A must read for observers of Thai politics.' Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University `A brilliant, incisive rewriting of Thailand's history and monarchy. An instant classic that promises to permanently change the conversation, both inside and outside the country.' Christine Gray, anthropologist and pioneering analyst of Thailand's monarchy `A bold and convincing argument that at the centre of Thailand's political turmoil is the succession to the throne.' Paul Handley, journalist and author of The King Never Smiles 'A Kingdom in Crisis ... engages critically with the discourse surrounding the monarchy and represents an important contribution.' Journal of Contemporary Asia

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