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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... called The Warrior Heritage, about Cambodians' view of themselves, as he
remembered it from his youth. “To be Cambodian is to be a warrior, the creator
and builder of Angkor Wat,” he wrote. “More accurately, to be a Cambodian is to
be a ...
They are quiet when the government sells their property to wealthy businessmen
and then soldiers forcibly evict them in the night. But then these afflictions were
prominent features of Khmer society in the time of the great kings of Angkor 1,000
Unlike Hun Sen, the first kings of Angkor, the Khmer kingdom, knew how to use
their elephants. Angkor was a full-fledged regional power dating back to the time
of Jayavarman II, who first unified the Khmer kingdom in the ninth century AD.
These palaces and shrines are all that remain of Angkor today—a vast
monument to slave labor. Most famous among them is Angkor Wat, built in the
early twelfth century. Though it was at first dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, ...
Each year nearly two million tourists visit the monumental architecture of Angkor
Wat and the ancient city's other remaining shrines, but the homes, shops, and
everyday buildings of Angkor have long since turned to dust. In AD 245 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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