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.
Then, as the UN troops began arriving in 1992, they made him honorary king
again. But he wanted nothing less than his old job back—the all-powerful
monarch, just like the kings who had ruled Cambodia since the beginning of time.
Hun Sen, Ranariddh, and the king offered little more than lip service to those
demands, but that seemed to be enough. The donors kept giving money,
hundreds of millions of dollars, year after year— even as the nation headed for a
Their obesity serves as an emblem of their wealth—just as it did for kings and
noblemen in ancient times. Thailand, Cambodia's western neighbor, has a gross
domestic product per capita more than four times higher than Cambodia's.
“When I was a boy,” recalled Muny Sothara, a middle-aged psychiatrist, “the view
here was to be courageous. In school they taught us that the Cambodian
personality was heroic. We had great kings, a big land. We were an important
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
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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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