Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

Philip Short

"The textual content glints with shrewdly believable inferences mortared right into a compelling narrative . . . [Short] is great at coining pithy summations of political factors that ring humanly true."―The big apple instances booklet overview (front page)

watching Pol Pot at shut quarters in the course of the one and in simple terms legitimate stopover at he ever made in another country, to China in 1975, Philip brief used to be struck through the Cambodian leader's attraction and air of mystery. but Pol Pot's utopian experiments in social engineering could lead to the loss of life of 1 in each 5 Cambodians―more than 1000000 humans.
How did an idealistic dream of justice and prosperity mutate into considered one of humanity's worst nightmares? to respond to those questions, brief traveled via Cambodia, interviewing former Khmer Rouge leaders and sifting via formerly closed records world wide. Key figures, together with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Pol's brother-in-law and international minister, communicate right here for the 1st time.
Short's masterly narrative serves because the definitive portrait of the guy who headed some of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of contemporary times.

"Short chronicles the phases of the Cambodian revolution with admirable readability . . . a couple of chilling info, expertly deployed, do the mandatory work." ―The manhattan Times

"A spectacularly effective task of describing what occurred and why . . . A chillingly transparent portrait." ―The Economist

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