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Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare - Philip Short
Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare
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“The text sparkles with shrewdly plausible inferences mortared into a compelling narrative . . . [Short] is excellent at coining pithy summations of political motives that ring humanly true.”—The New York Times Book Review (front page)     Observing Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and... show more
“The text sparkles with shrewdly plausible inferences mortared into a compelling narrative . . . [Short] is excellent at coining pithy summations of political motives that ring humanly true.”—The New York Times Book Review (front page)     Observing Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit he ever made abroad, to China in 1975, Philip Short was struck by the Cambodian leader’s charm and charisma. Yet Pol Pot’s utopian experiments in social engineering would result in the death of one in every five Cambodians—more than a million people.      How did an idealistic dream of justice and prosperity mutate into one of humanity’s worst nightmares? To answer these questions, Short traveled through Cambodia, interviewing former Khmer Rouge leaders and sifting through previously closed archives around the world. Key figures, including Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Pol’s brother-in-law and foreign minister, speak here for the first time.      Short’s masterly narrative serves as the definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times.“Short chronicles the stages of the Cambodian revolution with admirable clarity . . . A few chilling details, expertly deployed, do the necessary work.” —The New York Times“A spectacularly efficient job of describing what happened and why . . . A chillingly clear portrait.” —The Economist
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805080063 (0805080066)
ASIN: 805080066
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
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I Read Words Other People Write
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0.0 Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare
One of my best friends as a child is Cambodian. My mother still loves to laugh at the story. I came home from First Grade exclaiming my excitement regarding a exotic new classmate. "Mom, there's a girl in my class from Canada!" She feigns interest, I guess because she thinks Canadians aren't that ...
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AC rated it
I found this surprisingly dry and disjointed. Not nearly as good as Short's Mao book, which is really excellent.
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