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Books: A fresh take on the history of Thailand

Authors of acclaimed book put recent events in historical context

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok in January 2014: Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit's newly revised "A History of Thailand" is an essential reference work for all.   © Reuters

For almost two decades, Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit's "A History of Thailand" has been a compass for anyone trying to navigate Thailand's mystifying politics, equivocal foreign policy, and trapped-tiger economy. The new edition confirms that no authors are better credentialed to explain Thailand to general readers and specialists alike.

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