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 publish 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.
'Given the relative paucity of accessible and critical
English-language writing about the Thai monarchy, and the risks
that such writing entails, A Kingdom in Crisis should be
considered a significant accomplishment, and Zed Books should be
given credit for being willing to publish it. For the many
Westerners who continue to repeat outmoded and Orientalist slogans
about the Kingdom, the book should prove to be a real
eye-opener-not least in its discussion of the events that led to
the current king taking the throne and expanding the social and
political significance of the monarchy.'
Pacific Affairs Journal`Andrew MacGregor Marshall has written perhaps the best introduction yet to the roots of Thailand's present political impasse, He explains how an aspect of the crisis whose importance many analysts in Thailand and overseas have an interest in minimising - the looming succession in the Thai royal family - is in fact central. 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`An explosive analysis that lays bare what the Thai elite has tried to keep hidden for decades. A clear-eyed view of what is really at stake in Thailand's continuing turmoil.'
David Streckfuss, author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lese-Majeste
`A timely and highly readable account of the grim political
reality of the Land of Smiles. An essential primer for every
Joe Studwell, author of Asian Godfathers and How Asia Works
`Finally someone says the unsayable. A must read for
observers of Thai politics.'
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
`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
`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'A Kingdom in Crisis ... engages critically with the discourse surrounding the monarchy and represents an important contribution.'
Journal of Contemporary Asia