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Culver S. Ladd’s “Thailand Transformed” chronicles nation’s growth to modern society

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"Bangkok had almost no modern facilities for housing, for transportation, or for industry: the pace of change was very slow.”

In his new book “Thailand Transformed: 1950-2012: Is Thailand the Test Case?” (published by AuthorHouse), author and East Asia specialist Culver S. Ladd presents the story of Thailand’s growth from a poorly-developed country in the 1950s to the modern society it is today.

Ladd offers several arguments for his theory, including both internal political factors as well as foreign investment and the growth of a national educational system. Perhaps most important to his theory is the fight against corruption in the government. Ladd’s decade of experience in Thailand makes him uniquely qualified to judge the nation’s progress.

An excerpt from “Thailand Transformed”:

“I arrived in 1964, after all plans had been made and engineering done for that reconstruction. The person doing this engineering is the real story here: Linne Tholin, the retired Chief Engineer for Chicago, Illinois had asked his Swedish Lutheran Church if they could use his skills, and they responded, no, but the Presbyterians might need them. When Linne arrived in Thailand in 1962 the tallest building in Thailand was five floors, because they sank into the soft soil. All drainage was with open sewers, called klongs, Bangkok had almost no modern facilities for housing, for transportation, or for industry: the pace of change was very slow.”

Ladd will feature “Thailand Transformed” at the 2012 BookExpo America (Jun. 5 - 8, 2012 New York City), the 2012 National Education Association (Jun. 30 - July 2, 2012 Washington, D. C.) and the 2012 Beijing Book Fair(Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, 2012 Beijing, China).

About the Author
Culver S. Ladd, Ph.D., is an East Asian specialist in economic and political development with more than 10 years residence in Thailand during the 1960s and 1970s while battles were being fought in Indochina. Though he was always teaching during those critical years, he also was able to conduct fielded research across Thailand for major corporations interested in investing in Thailand. His 1972 study for General Motors Corporation resulted in their investment for production of the Chevrolet cars and pick-up trucks now for Asian export.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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