Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land
PublicAffairs, 2011 M04 12 - 416 páginas
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
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The Vietnam War's wounds were fresh; the last place Americans wanted to focus
attention was Southeast Asia. They were preoccupied with energy crises,
intelligence scandals, and, soon enough, the hostages in Iran. In December 1978
Disheartened, we drove back toward Bangkok, but along the way we saw an
abandoned American air base. Several cars sat in front of the building closest to
the road. Maybe someone there spoke English and could tell us what to do.
Successive American ambassadors played their own roles. The first one, Charles
Twining, marveled at the wonder of Cambodia's new beginning and tended to be
charitable even as the situation deteriorated. Then came Kenneth Quinn, who ...
Wiedemann admitted that he effectively turned American policy toward
Cambodia over to the human-rights advocates. Washington no longer cared. The
United Nations had invested years of effort and $3 billion but then dropped the ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
Great book, providing a high level overview of Cambodia. From the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, to Vietnam taking over the country in 1979, to the UN getting involved. The primary focus of the ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Cambodia - one of the worst suffering lands in Asia, comparable in some areas only to Burma or North Korea. The author does a good job at chronicling the sufferings of the people - corruption, famine ... Leer comentario completo
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