AUGUSTA, Maine — Don Lord will discuss his latest book, “The Gentle Revolutionaries,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Maine State Library, 230 State St. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Gentle Revolutionaries” is based on the lives of two American missionaries in Thailand in the early 19th century and their contributions to improving health and education services in the nation. While in service, the missionaries formed a close friendship with the country’s leader, King Mongkut. Using their diaries and letters, Lord challenges popular beliefs about the monarch and Thai people that grew out of works such as “Anna and the King of Siam” and the musical “The King and I.”
Lord holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Western Reserve University. He is a retired professor of history whose publications include “Mo Bradley and Thailand,” “John F. Kennedy, Issues Past and Present,” and “Dubya: The Toxic Texan.” When active, he was listed in the Directory of American Scholars, Outstanding Educators, and Community Leaders of America.
The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Maine State Library, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance access to quality services for Maine residents through statewide library initiatives. For more information, contact the Maine State Library at 287-5600.