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Thailand Beyond The Fringe Paperback – November 1, 2007

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Robert Cooper is an Englishman who has lived most of his life in Asia. He speaks Thai, Lao, French, Malay and Indonesian. Awarded a doctorate for his studies among the Hmong of Thailand, he lectured in anthropology at the University of Singapore before joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Taking a very early retirement from the UN, he joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2000 as Head of the British Trade Office in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. In 2006, he opened Book-Café Vientiane, the largest second-hand book outlet in the Lao PDR, where he continues to live and write. Dr Cooper has written widely on Thailand and the region, including the well-known 'CultureShock! Thailand' and 'Thais Mean Business'. Under the name Robert Fox, he has published two novels and is working on a third.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Editions; 1st edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981261429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812614292
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,185,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent if somewhat sacrilegious review of Thai culture by the same author that gave us Culture Shock Thailand. This book goes beyond the glossy smiles and considers the other side of Thai culture. The cover shown here is the old edition. The new edition covers more but in the same vain ~ and makes culture fun. It's rare to read a book on culture and laugh out loud. It combines knowledge with honesty. Not for those who can only view Thailand through rose-tinted sun-glasses. It's seriously real but very funny.
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