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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Here's what I wrote: Gaunt, glassy-eyed and possessionless, they crouch in the
heat, hungry and diseased. They stoop over small, dry plots of rock-hard soil. And
they wait. They wait in tight lines for hours to get today's ration of food from ...
After about ten days, I began to recover, went back to the office, and wrote a five-
day series on Cambodia. Back then, before the Internet, even before Nexis and
other newspaper data banks, when a regional paper wrote something, no one ...
... culture discourages. Author David Ayres wrote in his book on Cambodian
education, Anatomy of a Crisis, that in Vietnam, “traditional education provided
an avenue for social mobility through the arduous series of mandarin
Fifteen years later he wrote a book, 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.
“All of his soldiers were gathered in front of him, with people bearing banners,
musicians and drummers following behind,” he wrote. The next contingent “was
made up of three to five hundred women of the palace” who carried huge candles
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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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