Over a long and momentous life, Anand Panyarachun has emerged as one of Thailand’s most astute and influential figures. In addition to his stellar first career in diplomacy, he has served as a business leader, philanthropist, prime minister, economic liberal, and social reformer dedicated to the development of Thailand.
In the highly anticipated new biography Anand Panyarachun and the Making of Modern Thailand, journalist Dominic Faulder traces the key events in the elder statesman’s life – from his childhood in Bangkok during the Second World War through to the derailment of his diplomatic career, his two unexpected tenures as an appointed prime minister, his role in the drafting of the ‘People’s Constitution’ of 1997, and much more.
The book is more than a biography. The outcome of six years of in-depth research and hundreds of interviews with Anand and those who have met or worked alongside him, it is a panoramic retelling of Thailand and the region’s political, social, and economic history during the late 20th century – and packed full of insights into key moments, as told by those who witnessed them, or played a pivotal role. Interviewees include figures such as Abhisit Vejjajiva, the late Singaporean president S.R. Nathan, social critic Sulak Sivaraksa, and women and children’s rights defender Saisuree Chutikul, as well as the economists Ammar Siamwalla and Amnuay Viravan, former Bank of Thailand governor and development expert Snoh Unakul, and energy expert Piyasvasti Amranand.
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