When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

Elizabeth Becker


Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker all started overlaying Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington submit, whilst the rustic was once perceived as little greater than a footnote to the Vietnam conflict. Then, with the increase of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 got here the remaining of the border and a scientific reorganization of Cambodian society. every person was once despatched from the cities and towns to the geographical region, the place they have been pressured to hard work perpetually within the fields. The intelligentsia have been brutally exterminated, and torture, terror, and loss of life grew to become regimen. eventually, nearly million people—nearly 1 / 4 of the population—were killed in what used to be one in all this century's worst crimes opposed to humanity.When the conflict used to be Over is Elizabeth Becker's masterful account of the Cambodian nightmare. Encompassing the period of French colonialism and the revival of Cambodian nationalism; Nineteen Fifties Paris, the place Khmer Rouge chief Pol Pot obtained his political schooling; the killing fields of Cambodia; executive chambers in Washington, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh; and the dying of Pol Pot in 1998; it is a publication of epic imaginative and prescient and impressive energy. Merging unique historic learn with the various voices of these who lived throughout the occasions and particular interviews with each Cambodian chief of the earlier region century, whilst the struggle was once Over illuminates the darkness of Cambodia with the depth of a bolt of lightning.

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