Anand Panyarachun and the Making of Modern Thailand. A Talk by Dominic Faulder



The long career of Anand Panyarachun, Thailand's former prime minister and elder statesman, is one of distinguished public service that sweeps across diplomacy, business, politics, social reform, and philanthropy; he is widely regarded as a progressive figure dedicated to the betterment of his compatriots, improving global understanding, and the development of Thailand. Anand's life also contains moments of significant drama and numerous situations that put his mettle to the test.

Dominic Faulder’s 600-page book recounts the key events in the elderly statesman’s long life – from his childhood in Bangkok during the Second World War through to the derailment of his diplomatic career in 1976, his two unexpected tenures as an appointed prime minister, his role in the drafting the ‘People’s Constitution’ of 1997, and much more. This authorised biography is based on six years of in-depth research, over 60 interviews with Anand Panyarachun himself, and with more than 100 others who have encountered or worked closely alongside him.

Originally from London, Mr Dominic Faulder has been based in Bangkok since the early 1980s and has worked for numerous news organisations and publications. He was previously a special correspondent with the Hong Kong newsweekly Asiaweek, and had particular involvement in the coverage of Burma/Myanmar and Cambodia in the 1980s and 1990s. He has been an associate editor with the Tokyo-based Nikkei Asian Review since 2014.

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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