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Cambodia: A Report from a Strickened Land

Kamm, Henry

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ISBN 10: 1559704330 / ISBN 13: 9781559704335
Published by Arcade Publishing, New York, 1998
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xxiv, [2], 256 p. Map. Chronology. Index. "In CAMBODIA: REPORT FROM A STRICKEN LAND, former Southeast Asia correspondent for the 'New York Times' and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Kammgives a clear and definitive history of contemporary Cambodia from 1970 to the present. For more than thirty years, Kamm's high-level political and military connections allowed him unparalleled access to the leaders who shaped Cambodia into what it is today. " Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. First edition. First Edition [edition], first printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 65836

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Title: Cambodia: A Report from a Strickened Land

Publisher: Arcade Publishing, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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A New York Times Southeast Asia correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offers insider observations of Cambodia made over the last thirty years that help enable readers to understand some of the nation's tragedy and complexity.

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Cambodia has long been regarded as one of the lost causes of U.S. foreign policy. Many view it as the unfortunate stage upon which American and Communist forces battled during the Vietnam War in a savage struggle that tore up the land and shattered the fragile populace. Starting with the overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in 1970, South East Asia correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Kamm recalls 30 years of revolution and genocide in Cambodia. He begins with the establishment of the Khmer Rouge, detailing the vicious Communist occupation that took place between 1975 to 1979, then moves on to the Vietnamese invasion, the 1991 Paris peace settlement, and the demise of Pol Pot. Kamm pays special attention to the foreign influences that played a significant role in crippling the evolution of the Cambodian people.

This sobering perspective on Cambodia's recent, often tragic, history explains how years of political turbulence and violence has strangled the economy and stagnated the social growth of the people to this day. Kamm intrepidly attempts to answer the questions of "why" and "how" even as he contemplates the uncertain future of the country as the new millennium approaches. Kamm writes with poise and grace, while his 30 years of experience in the region gives him unique insight into the plight of the Cambodians. Those who were moved by The Killing Fields, will find Cambodia a gripping read. --Jeremy Storey

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