A Kingdom in Crisis reviewed II

9 10 2014

Another review of Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s of A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century. In a brave move, Mark Fenn at the City News in Chiang Mai writes a “non-review”:

This is not a book review. Today sees the publication of one of the best books on Thailand in recent years, which should be essential reading for anyone trying to understand the political conflict that has torn the country apart for the past decade.

“Not reviewing” a book that will certainly be banned in Thailand creates all kinds of problems for journalists and publishers, but Fenn still gets the the message across:

Marshall argues, convincingly, that the country is racked by two overlapping conflicts – a struggle among the elite over the coming royal succession, and a struggle by ordinary Thais for “equality and liberty”.

The final line is interesting for repeating something said of the breakthrough The King Never Smiles:

“It’s not all that controversial in many respects,” one academic told me this week. “Just necessary.”

Another review has appeared at Britain’s The Independent.


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