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.
Democracy—Cambodia. 4. Social change—Cambodia. 5. Cambodia—Social
conditions—21st century. 6. Pol Pot—Influence. I. Title. DS554.8.B75 2011
959.604—dc22 2010044806 First Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Charlotte and
Two million Cambodians, one-quarter of the nation's population, were killed
during Pol Pot's three and one-half years in power. He willfully destroyed every
fixture and totem of twentieth-century life. Eighty percent of Cambodia's teachers
The Khmer Rouge, still directed by Pol Pot, continued waging a guerrilla war
against the occupiers and their government. The country seemed unable to pull
itself out of the morass. In 1992 and 1993 the United Nations occupied Cambodia
After that, successive American ambassadors arrived with a different point of view
. The horrors of the Pol Pot era had receded from memory, replaced by more
recent genocidal moments in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur. So these xviii | PREFACE.
Pol Pot was already long dead. At the same time, though, Vietnam's experience
over the same period complicates Nam Tum's argument. Vietnam suffered a
devastating war with the United States in the 1960s and '70s that killed 3 million ...
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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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