Out of This World: A Young International Official Lives Two Lives – Rebel Against United Nations Bureaucracy and Chronicler of Thai Life, Politics and Religion

While exposing UN failure in slowing population growth, Out of This World displays a fascinating year of a young advisor in Thailand. Peter Michael's vivid journal witnessing the birth and death of Thai democracy, the fall of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, and intimate glimpses of Thai life is adventure itself.


Out of  This World is an apotheosis of the clash of idealism and ambition with entrenched, unyielding bureaucracy. While the UN shouldn't be held singly liable for the world population dilemma, Michael's memoir offers population policy historians insights into missed opportunities, and conveys the special flavor of  Thailand and the rare foreigners who knew the culture intimately.

Stephen J. Fabricant, PhD

International health advisor