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Fieldwork

A Novel

By Mischa Berlinski

Fieldwork
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2007,
    336 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2008,
    336 pages.

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A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. Thailand allied itself with Japan during WWII but has been an ally of the US since.

It is a land of many contrasts; endless beaches in the south attract tourists in droves. The capital city of Bangkok boasts state of the art transportation such as the elevated mass transit system known as the Skytrain and massive stretches of elevated roads that whisk traffic in and out of the city (I recollect that we traveled on one such continuously ...

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