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 façade 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 Cambodianswho 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 had ended just four years earlier, but the convulsions it caused
in neighboring states played out for years following. In Cambodia a few months
after Saigon fell, Communist insurgents known as the Khmer Rouge overthrew ...
They were starry-eyed about the broad international cooperation that had
suddenly come about after the fall of the Soviet Union just a year or two earlier.
Surely, the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, and Vietnam, working
He had led a hapless guerrilla organization, funded by the United States. Its goal
was to drive the Vietnamese and their appointed government, including Hun Sen,
out of the country. After Vietnam pulled out, Ranariddh coveted power too.
He is the village chief of a small settlement in eastern Cambodia, near the
Vietnam border. He had just turned on his little television. The battery sat on the
floor amid a welter of wires and alligator clips. After a moment, a fuzzy black-and-
Cambodia's child mortality rate is 60 percent higher than in Vietnam or Thailand,
its neighbors. But if you travel the corridors of government in Phnom Penh, you'll
find Cambodia's only portly people: senior government ministers. Their diets are
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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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