K. Joe Schrott’s Bio
Having gone deep into Thai culture, living and working within their economy, I have come to know the heart of the people who inhabit the country of Thailand. Living through two different military coups, it was during this period that I learned how Thais think, act, rationalize, and come to make decisions.
Reading scholarly documentaries about Thai history, and then hearing real live accounts of similar incidents from my colleagues, friends and family members, gave me a well-rounded impression of how this oppressed society learned to tolerate political abuse while maintaining a positive outlook on life.
I lived and worked off the Thai economy, ate Thai food, and dreamt Thai dreams. I was nearly ninety percent fluent in the Thai language when I left to work in Iran. I’ve spent thousands of hours exchanging ideas and dialogue with the common every day citizen, to include two years of my life without coming in contact with a single English speaking person.
This was when I got the original idea for the book. From real life experiences, from real people, from years of fables and tales told sitting around in thatched roof bungalows. From dealings with wealthy merchants, corrupt politicians and narcissistic military elite, as well as poor farmers and blue collar workers, as my greater impression of a culture and its people had evolved from the insight and attitudes of the real people that I lived with. The Thais are the most fun loving people on earth, in spite of the intolerable abuses that they have grown to accept as their fate. Their light-hearted attitude and generous hospitality is to be commended.
The author lived and worked in Esfahan, Iran for three years, during which time Khomeini, the mad Islamic cleric, took over the helm from the Shah of Iran, and locked down the entire country. Every American in-country, at that time, January 1979, was herded into hotels and held hostage. The author, along with most of his friends and colleagues, were held against their will for thirty days.
Prior to this takeover, he witnessed a complete and devastating collapse of the Iranian economy. He lost his car and all of his material possessions. Taking these real life experiences into a story format gives the reader some idea of what the face of total anarchy and mayhem might look like when economies and governments collapse. Military coups and economic collapses happen every day around the world, and define the character of real people, who learn mighty fast to step up and fight for their right to live.