Novelist Alec Waugh (1898-1981) first set foot in Siam in 1926. This is his fluent and affectionate portrait not only of the city of Bangkok, known to the Thais as 'the city of angels', but also of the dynasty and culture that created it. Cutting through confusion and veiled mystery, he unravels the plots, coups, wars, assassinations, invasions and counter-coups of two hundred years of history as if they were this evening's gossip. This description of the genius, fascination and enduring vitality of Bangkok is told with Waugh's customary delight in life and sensual appreciation. First published in 1970, this edition contains an afterword by Bruce Palling, formerly The Times correspondent in Thailand, who brings the story up-to-date.
Bangkok: The Story of the City
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