The Complete listing of Books about Thai language and Thai Culture (A - C)

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Books about Thailand are arranged in A-Z order by  book title. If you have difficulty finding a particular Thai book then try the search function. If you have some more information about a Thai book not listed here or would like to review a Thai book then please e-mail me [email protected]

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The ten last lives of Buddha : twelve drawings  by Thawan Duchanee 

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22 Days in Thailand by Derk Richardson

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1688 Revolution in Siam  (Reprints) by E. W. Hutchinson 

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The 1894 Directory for Bangkok and Siam (Reprints), Bangkok Time 

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The 1932 Revolutionist  by Kamron Gunatilaka, The Crescent Moon Theather (Paperback) The publisher, Martin Rowe , August 11, 2000 A play that describes the bloodless coup of 1932 in Thailand
Pridi Banomyong held various ministerial positions in Thai governments from 1933 and 1947, including leading the Free Thai Movement in its resistance to the Japanese during World War II. Forced to flee in a coup d'etat in 1947, Banomyong attempted a counter coup two years later, was defeated, and banished from Thailand for life. For the next 26 years he lived in China and Paris, continuing to share his conceptions of democracy and peace. This play describes the events that took place in 1932

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4,000 Days : My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison  by Warren Fellows (Paperback - April 2000)

Book Description
In the late 1970s, author Warren Fellows and two of his friends had the perfect scheme: they would traffic heroin between Australia and Thailand, concealing it flawlessly in high-tech, invisible compartments in suitcases. The money was there, and the process seemed foolproof--especially because they hadn't gotten caught in all their prior attempts at smuggling. But in 1978, all that would change, and Fellows would spend the next twelve years of his life enduring violations of his human rights of unimaginable hideousness.

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Fellows, convicted in Thailand, spent these twelve years in Bangkok's infamous Bang Kwang prison, witnessing atrocities committed by both Thai prison officials and his fellow inmates. He survived countless torturous beatings, was forced to eat rats, and endured solitary confinement under terrifyingly inhumane conditions. On a daily basis, Fellows also witnessed the torture and execution of those around him, their screams as common as the insects and vermin in his cell. Many of the prisoners in Bang Kwang turned to heroin--the vice that landed Fellows there in the first place--to escape their daily nightmares, and the Thai prison guards often helped feed this deadly addiction.

Fellows, now a free man, has lived to write about these twelve ghastly years in Thailand. He has captured the filth, pain, anger, hopelessness, and torture of life in a Thai prison with vivid, engrossing detail and brutal honesty.

About the Author
Warren Fellows is now forty-four years old and has been a free man since his return from Thailand in 1989. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his mother.

Abenteuer & Reisen Thailand by Wilfried Hahn

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ADAC Reiseführer Thailand by Martina Miethig

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ADAC Reisemagazin Thailand

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Ancient Capitals of Thailand by Elizabeth Moore 

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Aerial Nationalism : A History of Aviation in Thailand (Smithsonian History of Aviation) (Smithsonian History of Aviation) by Edward M. Young (Hardcover - January 1995) A study of the development of aviation in Thailand, focusing on the pivotal years between 1911 and 1945. The study traces the nationalistic impulses that drove the Thai quest for air power, and examines the later development of the Thai air force and its activities in the Japanese advance in Burma and support to the Allies in WWII. Demonstrates how Thai economic, technological, and Thai political issues affected Thailand's choice of airplanes, and details the Thai government's purchase of aviation equipment. Includes b&w photos of Thailand. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Agreement Between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand Relating to the Establishment and Operation of a British Broadcasting Corporation Relay Station in Thailand 

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Anna and the King of Siam  
 by Margaret Ayer 

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Too far down the list to be read, I am sure!, January 21, 2001
Reviewer: from Washington, DC USA I first read this Thai history book over 20 years ago, and returned to the commemorative edition as an exercise in nostalgia and to revisit Thai history as it is written, remembered, and transmitted. The gist of this review is simple: we make into saints those people into whose stories we can inject our own preferences, dreams, and agendas... and we callously portray those who are more difficult to understand. Even so, the result can be lyrical, touching, and even valuable, if understood for what it really is -- a hagiography.

This book deserves 4 stars because it gives thinking people a chance to take a peek at how an anti-colonial American missionary would evaluate the role of a British Colonial expat in a culture which threatened and resisted them both -- gracefully. Even while trying with the best of motives to tell the truth, it is difficult for an author to hide her baggage when describing a world to which she can never belong.

When Mrs. Landon writes Anna's "innermost thoughts," for example, the latter include anti-colonial rhetoric that is a standard theme of American internationalism, but a passing rarity among British expats! These thoughts also model some of the missionary fervor of Landon's own Thai agenda.

No author ever lets us see the world as it is -- just their best perception. Here we have the odd experience of peering at the unfamillar via the eyes of a foreigner in Thailand who is guessing (poetically) at the views of a stranger.

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Apa Guides, Thailand by Scott Rutherford

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The Art of Southeast Asia : Cambodia Vietnam Thailand Laos Burma Java Bali (World of Art)  by Philip S. Rawson (Paperback - October 1990)

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The Arts of Thailand  by Steve Van Beek, et al (Hardcover - May 1999)

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Asia 

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Asia for Younger Readers: Thailand  by Jennifer Sharples (Paperback)

Book Description
This book presents interesting and unique information on Thai customs, Thai history and the rich Thai culture. It provides an insight into the Thai people, Thai architecture and Thai festivals, in a simple written style that can be easily understood. Discover Thailand and immerse yourself in the exotic nature and mysteries of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Land of Smiles. Full color, illustrated by pictures of Thailand drawn by Thai students. A great book for children (and adults) all around the world who want to get to know this exotic country, Thailand. Contents are well illustrated by pictures of Thailand.

Asia for Younger Readers: Thailand by Jennifer Sharples

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About the Author
Jennifer Sharples has been a resident of Thailand for fourteen years. A well known professional journalist, she is the author of several books about  including International Schools in Thailand: The Complete Guide, Cooking with Thai Fruit.

Asia for Younger Readers: Thailand by Jennifer Sharples

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Asia Road Map: Thailand with Guide

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Asien-Paket by Peter Kitt (videotape) 

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Aspects of the Embassy to Siam 1685 : The Chevalier De Chaumont and the Abbe De Choisy (Treasures from the Past) by Alexandre Chaumont, et al (Paperback - March 1999)

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Asian Ingredients : A Guide to the Foodstuffs of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam by Bruce Cost, Alice Waters (Paperback - September 2000)

-- Alice Waters
"Bruce Cost is one of the greatest Thai cooks I've ever known . . . He truly demystifies many previously forbidding and odd Thai ingredients."

 

 

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Book Description
First published in 1988, Bruce Cost's Asian Ingredients was immediately hailed as one of the most comprehensive and fascinating books on Asian foodstuffs ever written. Now fully revised and updated, Asian Ingredients offers a wealth of information on identifying and using the often unfamiliar ingredients in traditional bottled condiments. This book's clear black-and-white photographs make it easy to identify ingredients in your local supermarkets or Asian grocery, while Cost's carefully...

Reprinted for a reason, October 17, 2000
Reviewer: from San Francisco, CA United States
I'm lucky because I also have a copy of the original book. Anyone who is interested in Asian cooking this book is ABSOLUTELY essential. I haven't come across any other Asian ingredient book that adequately gives you historical, use, and brand information all in one without seeming like a super over informed encyclopedia. What I also like are the pictures of the different items as for many, they just seem like weird looking plants or dried things. So next time you happen to be in Chinatown and wonder what that's for or what that taste like this book would be an excellent reference. On top of that the recipes are great, and cover a wide span of dishes from different Asian countries. Now that it's out again I don't have to keep loaning my original book out so get your own.

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Auto Thai I (audiotape)

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Auto Thai II (audiotape)

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A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course, Thai Reading (Language Texts) (Paperback - 1986)

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A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course : Book 1 by J. Marvin Brown (Paperback - 1992)

Book Description

The Thai language course book set includes extensive Thai grammar, dialog and Thai conversations as well as tone distinction, manipulation and identification

This Thai language course book is the first in a 6 book set that starts from very basic Thai right through to upper intermediate/experienced Thai language level. The major reasons that make this set of Thai language course books the best I've seen and used are as follows: 1, very well structured logical progression. 2, Use of IPA phonetics 3, Use of Thai script from page one 4, Use of useful Thai language (you can actually use it!) 5, Use of colloquial Thai (book 4 'Small Talk') 6, Use of many styles of hand written Thai and not only typed Thai script. (very useful!)

If you are looking for a book on Thai language this is definitely the book I would recommend. When I picked up this book I knew only a couple of words in Thai, now I am a quite fluent Thai language speaker.

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A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course, Book 2 (Language Texts) by J. Marvin Brown (Paperback - 1992)

Book Description

The Thai language course book set includes extensive Thai grammar, dialog and Thai conversations as well as tone distinction, manipulation and identification

An excellent guide for students learning Thai, June 14, 2000
This book is an excellent Thai language course book for people wishing to learn Thai speech and writing. It uses both phonetic Thai and Thai script. Using both Thai language course books 1 and 2 over a year of study I obtained a fairly good grasp of speech and written Thai which enabled me to communicate on a basic level when visiting Thailand. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn the Thai language

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A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course, Book 3 (Language Texts) by J. Marvin Brown (Paperback - 1992)

Book Description

The Thai language course book set includes extensive Thai grammar, dialog and Thai conversations as well as tone distinction, manipulation and identification

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A.U.A. Language Center Thai Course, Thai Writing /Workbook  (Language Texts) by J. Marvin Brown (Paperback - 1986)

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A Little Thai Cookbook by Terry Tan, Sherri Tay

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 Architecture of Siam : A Cultural History Interpretation by Clarence T. Aasen This book is about the special and identifying role architecture has played over the last 15 centuries in the construction of the highly diverse and complex culture of Siam. The combination of its written and visual content and its contemporary theoretical underpinnings makes this the most comprehensive, critical and challenging interpretation of Siamese architecture that has been written. 

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Asian Arcady : The Land and Peoples of Northern Siam by R. Lemay

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Die Aussenpolitik Thailands, 1959-1971 : mit einer politischen Biographie des thailèandischen  by Gundula Brunner

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Baedeker Allianz Reiseführer, Thailand

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Baedeker Bangkok/Book and Giant Fold Out Map

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Bahnhof Bangkok by Clemens Weiler

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Bangkok 2000 Map (map)

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Bangkok and Greater Bangkok (map)

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Bangkok Flexikarte (map)

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Bangkok (Cities of the World (New York, N.Y.).) by Sylvia McNair (School & Library Binding - September 1999) Reading level: Ages 9-12

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Bangkok Handbook by Michael Buckley  I recently traveled to Bangkok using Michael Buckley's book as a Thai travel guide. It was an excellent source for figuring out what to see (from the Grand Palace to Patpong). It also has simple Thai maps that explain how to get where you want to go. The book's specific descriptions help one travel around the city of Bangkok  whether by Tuk Tuk, river express boat or city bus. I highly recommend this book. It was the best of any I read on travels in Bangkok.

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Bangkok - Mini Rough Guide by Paul Gray

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Bangkok / Südthailand. DuMont Video - Reiseführer by Josef Kirchmayer (videotape)

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Bangkok (Thai Guides Series) by John Hoskin

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Bangkok und Südthailand by Rainer Krack

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Bangkok und Umgebung by Rainer Krack

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The Baobab and the Mango Tree : Lessons About Development : African and Asian Contrasts by Scott Thompson, Nicholas Thompson (Paperback - December 2000)

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BBC Phrase Book: Thai  by Sanya Bunag  One of the "BBC Phrase Book" series designed for use by holidaymakers and business travelers to Thailand. This Thai phrase book is arranged by topic, with key Thai words and Thai phrases, a Thai pronunciation guide and a Thai dictionary of approximately 4000 Thai words.

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Beiträge zur Phonetik des Thailändischen by Heinrich Kelz

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Berlitz Pocket Guides: Thailand

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Berlitz Thai Cassette Pack 

Berlitz Thailand by Ben Davies

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Berlitz Thai Phrase Book & Dictionary (Quick Reference System)  This phrase book contains a color-coded system that makes words and phrases easy to find. Some of the categories include basic expressions, arrivals and departures, hotels, dining out, sightseeing, shopping, banks, mail, medical care, reference, grammar, dictionary, as well as handy travel information, tips, and regional maps for ease-of-use. This book is a small enough size to carry anywhere and is more manageable than many other books, especially for the short term visitors.

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The Best of Gourmet 2000 : Featuring the Flavors of Thailand (Best of Gourmet, 2000)The Best of Gourmet 2000 : Featuring the Flavors of Thailand (Best of Gourmet, 2000) by Romulo A. Yanes (Photographer) (Hardcover - April 2000) This latest volume from Gourmet magazine, which has a circulation of more than 850,000, combines the best elements of the magazine: cooking, fine dining, entertaining, shopping, world travel, culture and history. Three hundred of the best recipes that have appeared in the magazine's food columns throughout 1999 as well as twenty menus which range from casual to grand, from homey to chic, show you how to entertain in style and still have time to enjoy your guests. A special section on Unusual Grains and Pasta features a collection of 24 brand-new recipes as well as tips and suggestions on how and where to purchase them.

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This year's Cuisines of the World section transports the reader to Thailand with two menus - featuring Thai hors d'oeurves and a full course Thai meal. A section on Thai ingredients and full-color photographs of the Thai people and Thai landscape add further insight. Best of Gourmet 2000: The Flavors of Thailand is sure to appeal to the novice Thai chef as well as the sophisticated Thai cook.

I loved the look of the food in this Thai cookbook. I really felt inspired. The freshness of the Thai menus appealed to me, also. The photography was wonderful! It made you want to pick up a fork and begin to do a taste test on every page. The grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream was simple to make and a treat for unexpected guests on Sunday afternoon. It is good of Gourmet to study Thai cooking so closly the food culture of another country. It really gave the reader a good sense of what Thai cooking is all about. It is a good addition to the other Gourmet books and something to look forward to every year. A GREAT GIFT for aspiring  Thai cooks of all levels.

The Best of Thai dishes by S. Khongphan

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The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking by Mai Pham. 

I have searched high and low for a book with authentic Vietnamese and Thai recipes, and Mai Pham's book is the best I've found! Her Thai recipes are easy to follow and mouth watering! I also love this Thai cook book because of the touching stories she puts at the beginning of each chapter. That added a very personal touch and insight into the way the Thai food should be prepared and eaten. Overall, a perfect Thai cook book for lovers of Asian and Thai food!

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The Best of Vietnamese and Thai Cooking by Mai Pham. 

I have searched high and low for a book with authentic Vietnamese and Thai recipes, and Mai Pham's book is the best I've found! Her Thai recipes are easy to follow and mouth watering! I also love this Thai cookbook because of the touching stories she puts at the beginning of each chapter. That added a very personal touch and insight into the way the Thai food should be prepared and eaten. Overall, a perfect Thai cookbook for lovers of Asian and Thai food!

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Beyond the Mask: Toward a Transdisciplinary Approach of Selected Social Problems Related to the Evolution and Context of International Tourism in Thailand by Walter Meyer 

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Die Bibliothek der Deutsch-Thailändischen Gesellschaft by Frauke Kraas 

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Bildatlas Spezial. Thailand

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The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Volume 1, Non-Passerines by David R. Wells, et al (Hardcover - April 1999)

S. W. Harris in CHOICE, November 1999
"The text is superbly done, and the book will become the standard reference for years to come."

BBC WILDLIFE, June 1999
"Comprehensive and highly detailed volume bringing together the latest information gathered from recent research on birds in this area

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Blue Guide Thailand (Blue Guide) by Gavin Pattison, John Villiers(Contributor) (Paperback - May 1997)

Book Description
This new Blue Guide will prove indispensable in helping the visitor to discover Thailand's rich culture. It provides detailed coverage of the Thai art and Thai architecture of the whole country, taking the traveler from the famous Thai monuments and Thai museums of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to small village Thai temples and the major Khmer ruins of the northeast. The forests and mountains of the north of Thailand, the beautiful islands of the south of Thailand, and the Thai national parks are thoroughly explored.

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The Book of Chiang Mai by Henry T. Coulter

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The Book of Thai Cooking by Hilaire Walden, David Gill. I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this book. Wow! There are a ton of exquisite color photos that show Thai ingredients, preparation, and presentation ideas for every wonderful Thai recipe. It was difficult to believe that this book was so reasonably priced for what you get. If you are interested in learning Thai cooking and don't know what lemongrass looks like, the difference between a lime and a kaffir lime, or what galangal is, you need this Thai cookbook!

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Breath of the Dragon by Gail Giles, June Otani (Illustrator) (Hardcover - April 1997)

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A Brief History of Lan Na by Hans Penth 

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The Bua Luang Compact What-You-See-Is-What-You-Say English-Thai Dictionary by Eric Allyn, Samorn Chaiyana A visit to Thailand is a wonderful experience for almost all travelers, but to really experience the Thais you need to unlock at least a little bit of the Thai language. Eric Allyn's Thai phrase book and Thai dictionary (using the "what-you-see-is- what-you-say" transliteration system) is the easiest and most effective of the dozens of Thai books which I have used and reviewed. Both should be bought and studied before any trip to Thailand, and are very helpful while in-country. The handbook is especially helpful in showing the interconnection of the Thai language and Thai culture. It is obvious that Allyn has great love for Thais and for Thailand and the Thai language, and this makes reading and using his books even more enjoyable. 

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Buddha in the Landscape: A Sacred Expression of Thailand by Mark Standen (Photographer) 

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The Buddhist Art of Thawan Datchani by Dr. Klaus Wenk 

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Die buddhistische Kunst Thawan Datchanis by Dr. Klaus Wenk 

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Building Social Capital in Thailand : Fibers, Finance, and Infrastructure (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies) (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies) by Danny Unger (Paperback - October 1998)

Book Description
This book examines the recent rapid economic expansion in Thailand, and in Southeast Asia more generally prior to 1997. In a highly original argument, Unger considers the unique organization of Thai society, and the impact this has had on the country's institutions, and their political and economic outcomes. Unger takes an interdisciplinary approach, building on the literatures of social capital and embedded autonomy. The book's general, comparative discussion of social infrastructure is supplemented by case studies on specific sectors.

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Business Prospects in Thailand by Denise Hall (Paperback)

Book Info
Explains how Thais make and spend money and how the business and economic conditions in Thailand are evolving. Introduces various industries in Thailand and analyzes their long-term production trends and potential for enterprising business people.

This is a complete, authoritative information source for anyone doing business in Thailand, or considering doing business there.

From culture to statistics, from ancient Thai history to Thai consumer purchasing patterns, this book tells you all you'll need to know to succeed in Thailand. International consultant Denise Hall introduces Thailand's geography, Thai history and Thai political system, then introduces the demography and lifestyles of Thailand today. This book presents both statistics and the intangibles...

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Business Thai (audiotape)

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The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures : Literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (Curzon So)  
by David Smyth (Editor) (Hardcover - March 2000)

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Capital Accumulation in Thailand 1855-1985
by Suehiro Akira (Paperback - June 1999)

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Chamlong Srimuang and the New Thai Politics by Duncan McCargo (Hardcover - April 1998) An account of recent developments in Thai politics
Since the early 1980s, Thailand's politics have changed immensely. Dramatic events, such as the 1991 military coup and the popular anti-military uprising of May 1992, have challenged conventional views of the Thai political order. The armed forces can no longer take their traditional dominance for granted. The military and the bureaucracy are under threat from new sources of power, —dissident religious movements, local politicians in Bangkok, the opposition, NGOs, and a critical mass media.

Chamlong Srimuang, a former general who served for six years as Governor of Bangkok and later became leader of the Palang Dharma Party and deputy prime minister, is one of Thailand's most controversial politicians. A celibate and vegetarian with no worldly possessions, he is best known for spearheading the mass protest which ousted military strongman Suchinda Kraprayoon from the premiership in 1992. This book examines his career.

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Professional soldiers and political soldiers; Chapter 3: Moral force: the politics of Buddhism; Chapter 4: Local power in the Thai capital; Chapter 5: More than a faction, less than a party; Chapter 5: In search of an indigenous Thai ideology; Chapter 7: The marketing of a Thai political personality; Chapter 8: The crisis of Black May: no winners, only losers; Chapter 9: Decline and fall?

This is the only single-authored, research-based book on contemporary Thai politics currently available, so I think it is well worth buying. Chamlong's political career is a fascinating story; I hope the book sometimes reads more like a novel than another turgid work of political 'science'.

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Chiang Mai (map)

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The Chiang Mai Chronicle by David K. Wyatt (Translator)

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Chiang Mai Northern Thailand : Thailand Regional Maps (Periplus Travel Maps)  
(Map - April 2000)

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Chiang Saen - Golden Triangle Map (map)

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China and the Communist Armed Struggle in Thailand by D.C.W. Tsui 

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Cliptours Thailand - Der Reiseplaner (CD-ROM)

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Collins Holiday Map: Thailand (map)

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Colloquial Thai; A Complete Language Course/With Two Audio CDs by John Moore and Saowalak Rodchue  Overall, I thought the book was a good text for someone just attempting to learn Thai. What becomes evident later is that it in itself is insufficient to provide a complete guide to learning Thai. There are numerous spelling/grammatical errors that one can find as you progress through this Thai language course. In several instances when checking answers to the exercises provided, you'll find the answers do not completely match the question. What I discovered after a period of time is that this Thai language course book will give you a good reference but you need an additional text or two that combines good transliteration with a cross referenced Thai dictionary.

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The Colours of Thailand by Barbara Lloyd(Photographer) (Paperback - September 1997)

Book Description
The saffron of Thai Buddhist monks' robes, the iridescent green of the fields, the fierce red of a boxer's gloves...Thailand's colors show the essence of its many characters. It is a country alive with a myriad of striking images. Renowned travel photographer Barbara Lloyd captures the heart of this country--its temples, hill tribes, ancient sites, Thai festivals, Thai silks, Thai spices, and jewel-like islands. She introduces a new color for the theme of each chapter, demonstrating the individual mood, personality, symbolic meaning, and uses of color in the everyday lives of the people of Thailand. Full of insights and countless visual treasures, this book will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever traveled, or dreamed of traveling, to Thailand, one of the most fascinating countries in Asia.

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The Commercialized Crafts of Thailand : Hill Tribes and Lowland Villages : Collected Articles (Consumasian Book Series) by Erik Cohen (Paperback)

Book Description
This volume brings together two decades of research into the process of commercialization of the folk crafts of Thailand: the conditions of its emergence, the parties involved in its development, the changes in the processes and organization of production which accompany it, and the transformations in appearance and meaning which the products undergo as a result of their commercialization.

About the Author
Erik Cohen is professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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A Common Core : Thais and Americans (Interact Series) by John P. Fieg (Paperback - June 1989)

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Compact Minireiseführer Bangkok von A-Z by Veerayoot Sattrasai 

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Conversational Thai in 7 Days : Break the Language Barrier the Quick and Easy Way! by Somsong Buasai, David Smyth. This book requires that you spend the first few hours listening to the Thai language course audio cassette to get the feel and the rhythm for the Thai language. It is at first difficult to read the romanised words and repeat the Thai sounds accurately but with practice I think I was on the right track. The audio cassette does not follow the book in the exact sequence as it is written so at times when you think you are following along comfortably you will be taken to a different phrase or word section that may cause you to put the book down and just listen again. The author claims this is to help keep you from relying on the book. The Thai phrases are useful and there is a small Thai/Engilsh dictionary towards the back. I would prefer a Thai language course book that was easier to follow along with the audio cassette.

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Cooking the Thai Way (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks) by Supenn Harrison, et al (Library Binding - August 1986)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
An introduction to the cooking of Thailand including such Thai recipes as lemon chicken soup, satay, and Thai egg rolls. Also includes information on Thai history, Thai geography, Thai customs, and the people of Thailand.

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Corruption and Democracy in Thailand by Pasuk Phongpaichit, Sungsidh Piriyarangsan (Paperback - June 1999)

Reviewer: Taylor Easum from Chiang Mai, Thailand
This treatment of the 'causes and cures' for corruption in Thailand is generally well-written and well researched. In my opinion, the most interesting chapter was the one on public perceptions and attitudes towards corruption in Thailand. In addition, the authors have a few interesting things to say by way of comparison, which helps avoid the common problem of analyzing Thai corruption as exclusively rooted in the specific culture of Thailand. This would be an excellent chapter for anyone interested in how corruption is perceived by those within the country, especially in comparison with outside observers and observations.

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Counting the Cost 

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Country Review, Thailand 1998/1999  by Robert C. Kelly(Editor), et al

Book Description
Commercial Data International's (CDI) Country Reviews are concise, up-to-date sources for political and economic information on the 190 nations defined by the U.S. State Department as Independent States of the World, plus Serbia and Montenegro. In addition, data on Hong Kong and Taiwan are included in the Country Review for China.

Each Country Review begins with an overview which provides key demographic and geographic information as well as full color regional and country maps by Magellan Geographix. Government and political information is provided in a format which enables the Reader to get an overview of the organization of the various branches of the government, a brief summary of current political conditions, and a list of current leaders, including a biography of the head of government/state. Economic information, compiled and condensed from a large number of reliable sources, is presented in the Country Reviews in statistical tables on key macroeconomic trends and economic sectors. The economic data is organized in an easy-to-understand format. Foreign investment conditions are also covered along with a capsule description of stock market trends, for those countries where major stock markets exist, a listing of key enterprises. Also included is a summary of current environmental issues, natural hazards, international environmental agreements, and, for most countries, a table with time trends in Greenhouse Gas emissions.

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Cows in the House  by Beverly Lewis, Chi Chung (Illustrator) (Hardcover - September 1998) Reading level: Ages 4-8

Once upon a time, in a misty mountain village of Thailand, a barefoot boy lived with his father, mother, and five quarreling sisters-.

So begins Cows in the House, a rollicking retelling of a Thai folktale about a little barefoot boy who is going to go crazy if he has to live with his five fussing sisters for another minute. Fortunately, the barefoot boy's wise old grandfather knows a clever way to take care of the problem if only the boy can live through it! Will mooing, chewing cows in the house really do the trick?

Beverly Lewis brings her delightful skill with words into play in this light-hearted romp with a valuable lesson about contentment, whimsically illustrated by Chi Chung. 

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Cracking the Coconut : Classic Thai Home Cooking by Su-Mei Yu (Hardcover - August 2000)

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Cuisines of Southeast Asia : Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Burmese & More (California Culinary Academy) by Jay Harlow, Sandra Gary

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Cultural Sites of Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia by Jacques Dumarcay 

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Culture Shock!: Thailand by Robert and Nanthapa Cooper: 1982, Singapore, Times Books International, 238 pp.

Book Description
You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving in Thailand and the Thai monetary systems, Thai religious practices and making friends. There are tips on Thai political traditions, building business relationships with Thais, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office in Thailand. Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture.

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