In His Majestys Footsteps

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Title: In His Majestys Footsteps
Author: Vasit Dejkunjorn
Busakorn Suriyasarn (trans.)
ISBN: 974-94125-8-3
Published: 2006
Format: Trade Paperback, 286 pages, 30 B&W photos
Price: Baht495 / USD14.95

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In His Majesty’s Footsteps: A Personal Memoir (Heaven Lake Press, 2006, 329 pp.) offers an intimate, powerful portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Thai royal family.

This is the first personal chronicle in the English language detailing the life and work of the revered Thai monarch during the politically turbulent period of the late1960s and the 1970s.

The author, Police General Vasit Dejkunjorn, who served for 12 years as head of royal court security police, writes his first-hand account of how King Bhumibol faced the challenges of the time—relentless communist insurgencies, frequent military coups and protracted political turmoil.

The book vividly portrays what goes on inside the palace as these numerous events unfold. It gives an eyewitness account of the Thai history in the making through the interactions of the three pillars of the Thai nationhood: Nation, Religion and King, and how the king and the royal family touched the hearts of the Thai people by their extraordinary dedication to their subjects.

In His Majesty’s Footsteps shows a rare insight into how the Thai king, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has played his role in providing a source of strength and stability to his people and has earned his renown as the most revered king in the modern world.



“Giving rare firsthand insights in an easy to understand yet graceful writing style, the book reveals how His Majesty reacted to certain events, depicting the full strength of his love and devotion to the [Thai] people . . . . Vasit's personal memoir is indeed one of the best sources available for people looking to learn why the Thais love their King so much.
—Thai Day

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Dejkunjorn writes in a charming manner (not lost in this May 06 translation) both of his own astounding career and of the royal household he has devoted much of his life to protecting and being guided by . . . we are treated to a tale of an incredibly talented king who kept in constant touch with the changing world around him. This is a monarch whose quick learning abilities and endless fascination for aspects of life as diverse as reassembling broken M-16 rifles for the Thai army, amateur radio broadcasting (including fixing and building receivers) and playing the sax in a jazz band from dusk to dawn.
--Peter Myers, Lifestyle Travel

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...This book is a valuable historical record from a close and personal perspective. For those interested in learning more about the Thai royal family and the close reverential bond between the monarch and his people . . . it provides an essential insight that is well worth the read.
--Hua Hin Observer

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