Tom Plate’s conversations with Thaksin reviewed

29 09 2011

Readers may recall our brief post a couple of weeks ago regarding Tom Plate’s new book of conversations with Thaksin Shinawatra in the series “Giants of Asia.”

The book’s full title is Conversations With Thaksin: From Exile To Deliverance: Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2011).

The book is apparently still subject to an informal ban by Asia Books and Kinokunya in Bangkok.

Now Pavin Chachavalpongpun, the most active commentator on all things political in Thailand, has a review of the book available at the ISEAS  website.

The review mentions a couple of interesting things. For example,it says a

central theme is the complex relationship between Thaksin and the palace. Although the author does not elaborate on many details – perhaps for fear of being charged under Thailand’s very strict lese majeste laws – readers will be able to piece together the links between Thaksin, the coup and the role of the palace.

Mr Plate portrays Thaksin as being ‘misunderstood’ by the royalists.

“Misunderstood” is perhaps the wrong word when the Wikileaks cables are considered. That there was a war against Thaksin is true and that Thaksin responded, especially against Prem Tinsulanond as schemer-in-chief for the palace is true.


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29 09 2011
Banned books week | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Tom Plate’s conversations with Thaksin reviewed September 29, 2011 · 11:49 […]

7 10 2011
Thaksin book still not being sold in Bangkok | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] banning on Tom Plate’s new book on Thaksin – for earlier posts at PPT see here, here and […]

1 04 2012
Thaksin book now in Thai « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] A review of the English-language version is available, although PPT has read the book and we are not as impressed as the reviewer. We felt that the reader learned more about Tom Plate than about Thaksin. Hopefully the basic factual errors have been fixed in the Thai-language version. […]

4 10 2014
Snitching for the royalist elite | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] not only has the book “been available in the local market for more than two years” but Plate was apparently careful about the lese majeste threat. The English original was published in 2011 by Marshall Cavendish. The Thai translation, completed […]