Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

By Philip Short

"The textual content flickers 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 manhattan occasions e-book evaluation (front page)

watching Pol Pot at shut quarters throughout the one and in basic terms legit stopover at he ever made in a foreign country, to China in 1975, Philip brief used to be struck via the Cambodian leader's appeal and aura. but Pol Pot's utopian experiments in social engineering might lead to the dying of 1 in each 5 Cambodians―more than 1000000 humans.
How did an idealistic dream of justice and prosperity mutate into one in every of humanity's worst nightmares? to respond to those questions, brief traveled via Cambodia, interviewing former Khmer Rouge leaders and sifting via formerly closed data all over the world. Key figures, together with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Pol's brother-in-law and international minister, converse right here for the 1st time.
Short's masterly narrative serves because the definitive portrait of the fellow who headed probably the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of contemporary times.

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

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

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Nobody has a radio or a motorcycle. every little thing they want they make for themselves; not anything is available in from outdoor. ’ it slow afterwards, of the villagers got here to Phnom Penh to go to him. ‘To try and positioned them at ease,’ he acknowledged, ‘I took them to devour at a stall available in the market, the easiest position i'll contemplate. that they had no suggestion the way to behave. They weren’t cozy. They didn’t understand how to sit down on a chair. every little thing in Phnom Penh used to be unusual they usually hated it. ’ The overriding, if unspoken, target of Khmer Rouge coverage from 1972 on used to be to refashion the complete of Cambodian society within the photo of this real, autochthonous peasantry, unsullied through the surface international.

Yet frequently . . . genuine traitors: Chandler, Brother, p. 163. 420 D-25: Kong Duong, Mey Mak and Suong Sikoeun, interviews. 421 ‘What hypocrisy’:Vanity reasonable, Apr. 1990. Make Vietnam bleed: A Khmer Rouge diplomat defined to Henry Kamm why the sharpened bamboo stakes the guerrillas put in man-traps didn't have poisoned counsel. ’That might kill them,’ the diplomat stated. ? wounded guy takes 4 others to hold him after which he cries and cries and cries. It makes the others start to imagine. ’ ‘So much,’ Kamm commented, ‘for the finesse of Khmer Rouge international relations’ (Stricken Land, p.

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