The Book: The Gentle Revolutionaries, by Don Lord
The Blurb: The Gentle Revolutionaries is a novel based on the lives of two prominent American missionaries, Dan and Emelie Bradley, who became close friends with the famous monk, later King Mongkut. They arrived in Thailand (Siam) in 1835 and made significant contributions to Thailand’s medical, social and intellectual history
The Babble: Using both the diaries of Dan and Emelie Bradley and reports of the American Missionary Association and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missionaries, Don Lord has brought to life the enduring work these pioneering missionaries. Filled with directly quoted discussions, interesting background on both the Bradley’s lives before Siam and the history of Siam, Lord develops the causes and effectiveness of the Bradley’s ‘gentle’ immersion into Siamese culture, as well as a fascinating glimpse of America’s changing religious and social landscape. The Gentle Revolutionaries proves to be an interesting, enlightening, and entertaining read.
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