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He Never Smiles

He Never Smiles

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Published by: Charles Edward Frith on May 29, 2011
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The King Never Smiles: A Biographyof Thailands Bhumibol Adulyadej byPaul M. Handley
 
Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the UnitedStates, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world’s
longest-serving monarch. The King Never Smiles, the first independentbiography of Thailands monarch, tells the unexpected story of Bhumibolslife and sixty-year rule
how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by hispeople as a living Buddha, and how a king widely seen as beneficent andapolitical could in fact be so deeply political and autocratic.Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the
king’s youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skillful
political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhistkingdom. Handley takes full note of Bhumibols achievements in art, insports and jazz, and he credits the kings lifelong dedication to rural

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