Pridi Banomyong (1900-83) was one of the greatest figures in 20th-century Thailand. When he was only 27, he started the movement which led to the 1932 revolution against Thailand's absolute monarchy. Through the 1930s, he introduced a wide range of reforms in law, local administration, economic policy, and foreign affairs. During World War II, he formed the Seri Thai resistance movement against the Japanese occupation. After the war, he served briefly as prime minister and became deeply involved in the politics of the Asian region during decolonization. From 1947 onwards, Pridi was opposed by US-backed militarists who seized power by coup, murdered his associates, overturned many of his liberal reforms, and established dictatorial rule. In 1949 he fled into exile and never returned.
Pridi by Pridi contains 19 selections from Pridi's writings, speeches, and interviews focusing on his personal background and his active political career from 1932 to 1949.