Chris Baker (writer)

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Christopher John Baker (born 1948) is a Thailand-based British writer who has made his home in Bangkok for more than 20 years.[1] He is the co-author of A History of Thailand, Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand, Thailand's Boom and Bust, and Thailand's Crisis, all written with his wife, Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit.[2] He was the principal writer of the United Nations Development Programme's Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development, which praised King Bhumibol Adulyadej's self-sufficient economy theory.

In 2010, Chris Baker and his wife Pasuk Phongpaichit published a compilation and translation of the Thai epic poem Khun Chang Khun Phaen. The epic was published in a two volume set, which arranged the story in a narrative form suitable for modern English readers. Copious footnotes and creative illustrations are also included.[3] They have also published a version of their compilation in Thai.


  1. ^ Chris Baker, Pasuk Phongpaichit. A History of Thailand. Cambridge University Press. Back cover. ISBN 0-521-81615-7. 
  2. ^ Simon Long, "The Best Books," The Economist, May 18, 2010.
  3. ^ <r[permanent dead link]

External links

  • The Nation, Sufficiency approach vital in globalised times, 11 January 2007
  • Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development

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