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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But as prime minister, he knew he would be able to enrich himself. Ranariddh
was not as clever as Hun Sen, but he was of royal lineage, which gave him a
strong advantage. So, past examples like Germany and Japan—even South
But in 1999 the last Khmer Rouge guerrilla officer was captured, and Cambodia
knew true peace nationwide for the first time in decades. Yes, the Khmer Rouge
had returned the nation to “year zero.” Nearly every educated person was killed,
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.
Indravarman knew just what it took to please the king of Champa (now central
Vietnam). “At night men were sent out in many directions, to well-frequented
places in towns and villages,” Zhou wrote. “When they met people out at night,
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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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