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Observations on Cambodia’s last days of peace, the Khmer Rouge genocide, and the nation’s troubled present—from a Pulitzer Prize–winning correspondent.
With a controversial election won by the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen—extending his more-than-thirty years in power—Cambodia is once again the focus of worldwide concern. But to understand Cambodia now, one must understand its past . . .
Based on his observations over three decades, Henry Kamm, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times Southeast Asia correspondent, unravels the complexities of this once-peaceful country. Kamm, the author of Dragon Ascending: Vietnam and the Vietnamese, has provided an invaluable document: a factual and personal account of Cambodia’s volatile history, giving the Western reader the first clear understanding of this magical land’s past and present.
“Kamm’s profound insights and surprising opinions about Indochina make fascinating reading.” —Dan Rather, New York Times–bestselling author of Rather Outspoken
“Kamm’s account of Cambodia’s long tragedy is spare, blunt and angry. . . . A tribute to the quality of Kamm’s journalism over the years.” —The New York Times Book Review
In this disturbing, firsthand report, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Kamm makes us care deeply about Southeast Asia's forgotten stepchild, Cambodia. Melding a history of the tormented nation of 10 million with reportage based on his numerous trips there between 1970 and 1997, he criticizes the Western powers, led by the U.S., for supporting dictator Pol Pot's genocidal regime (1975-79), which, he argues, the West considered a lesser evil than the Vietnamese communist invaders and their Cambodian backers who ruled for the subsequent decade. Today, while Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's absent king and former moderate leader, "governs" by fax from Beijing, where he lies incurably ill with cancer, Cambodia is still ruled by the tyrannical, Vietnam-installed coalition government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. According to the author, Hun Sen has never attained legitimacy in the eyes of many of his compatriots, whose country--bestrewed by countless land mines--is beset by rampant lawlessness and corruption, endemic poverty and Asia's worst AIDS/HIV epidemic. Contending that the UN's much-touted 1992-93 peacekeeping mission to Cambodia was a failure that left the status quo intact, Kamm boldly proposes that Cambodia be placed under an international trusteeship to nurse this gravely incapacitated nation back to health.