Facework

Emma Larkin

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photograph: Royal Household

The late King Bhumibol Adulaydej, who died on 13 October, is often referred to in Thai as the duang jai or heart of the country. No other leader in recent Thai history has attracted such widespread devotion, and he was perceived by many to be a moral compass for the general population. In the acute vacuum left by his death, The Way Thais Lead: Face as Social Capital by Larry S. Persons presents a timely forensic study of the sustaining attributes of Thai leadership.

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