THAILAND: The Democracy Way

THAILAND The Democracy Way

For nearly a quarter of a century the closest friend, steadiest supporter and likeliest successor of Thailand's shrewd and urbane Premier Pibulsonggram has been his chief of police, General Pao Sriyanonda. A heavy-lidded ladies' man who puts almost as much trust in his private astrologer as he does in his efficient and well-armed cops, Pao long ago established himself as the coming man in Thai affairs by the amazing skill with which he amassed money and the bacterial thoroughness with which he and his in-laws invaded the more vital organs of government.

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