A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

Out Of Stock A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Author: Andrew MacGregor Marshall
Subjects: Thailand, Politics
Condition: Good
Publisher: Zed Books
Published: 2015
Paperback, 256 pages
‘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

‘Perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand’s present political impasse. 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

‘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




Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, and convulsed by an intractable conflict that will determine its future, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. And many Thais fear that the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to unleash even greater instability.

Yet in spite of the impact of the crisis, and the extraordinary importance of the royal succession, they have never been comprehensively analysed – until now. Breaking Thailand's draconian lèse majesté law, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand to tell the whole story.

Marshall provides a comprehensive explanation that for the first time makes sense of the crisis, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand.



Andrew MacGregor Marshall is a journalist, political risk consultant and corporate investigator, focusing mainly on Southeast Asia. He spent seventeen years as a correspondent for Reuters, covering conflicts in, among others, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and political upheaval in Thailand. Marshall resigned from Reuters 2011 after the news agency refused to 1 his analysis of leaked US cables illuminating the role played by Thailand’s monarchy in the political conflict that has engulfed the kingdom. A fugitive from Thai law as a result of his journalism about the royal family, he now lives in Sydney and works as head of news for Greenpeace Australia.

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  • Brand: Zed Books
  • Product Code: 9781783606023 – A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle f
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