Title: Prisoner of the Khmer Rouge
Publisher: Editions Funan
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
380 pp., illustrations, bibliography. Outwitting the Khmer Rouge: One Man's Survival Against Impossible Odds This volume is essential reading for those who wish to understand the social system of "collectives" engineered by the Khmer Rouge of "Democratic" Kampuchea. We owe this unique documentary to the courage, vitality and pragmatism of Moeung Sonn, without whom he and his wife Phally could never have survived. Their perceptions of the hidden realities of that "revolutionary" society give the lie to the claims of a handful of ruthless men professing to be the sole possessors of the Truth, who therefore believed themselves justified in raising falsehood and assassination to the status of government policy. Indeed the Khmer Rouge leadership took to the ultimate lethal extreme the dangerous concept that the end justifies the means. Essential also because this life story opens up a fresh vision, from the inside, on an extensive prison network barely mentioned in the literature on the Pol Pot regime. Essential, finally, as the last chapters explain the whys and wherefores of the covert complicity between the Thai army and the defeated Khmer Rouge revolutionaries. Readers are invited to study the infintely treacherous governance processes of Ankar, as experienced and analysed by one of the shrewdest of its victims. WHat could be less human than Ankar, that most totalitarian of regimes, which arrested, tortured and secretly executed masses of Cambodia's own citizens? Yet this was the ever present but invisible fiend against which Moeung Sonn and Phally tirelessly struggled, responding to programmed deception with creative deception, during and beyond the three years, eight months and twenty days when Pol Pot held the reins of power in Phnom Penh. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 9995057107AMA121012
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