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A Pleasant Surprise,
This review is from: Conversations with Thaksin: From Exile to Deliverance: Thailand's Populist Tycoon Tells His Story (Giants of Asia Series) (Hardcover)
I am not of a voracious reader but have been known to be a harsh critic. Last week I was, I think mistakenly, invited to a dinner hosted by the President of Loyola Marymount University, David Burcham, in honor of the ousted and exiled former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra. A few days before the dinner I was sent a book entitled Conversations with Thaksin written by Tom Plate. I am a slow reader and was immediately disappointed there were no pictures. I had some time to kill, so I began reading. To my surprise, I was half way through the book without having stopped. The content was interesting, but the format, perspective, and the writing style really captured me. The fact that I could not put this book down and was a history major with an emphasis on Asian history was merely a coincidence. I do not like reading, and have long since forgotten anything I may have learned back in the early 80s. I think I was excited to meet the author, Tom Plate, more than I was to meet Thaksin, a feeling that was validated after I met both. Plate; What a cool, brilliant, interesting man. I suppose Thaksin may have some of those attributes as well. Tom Plate's writing style accomplished the impossible, it made me want to read and learn again.
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2014 12:11:01 PM PST
J. Creitz says:
Thaksin Shinawatra is a murderous oligarch who saw government "service" as nothing more than his ticket to raid the public coffers of Thailand. He's interesting, and he might or might bot be brilliant, but he was never cool. He is and was a very, very, very bad man.
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