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Cambodia's Curse

The Modern History of a Troubled Land

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781610390019

Price: $11.99 / $14.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: April 12th 2011

Genre: Nonfiction / History / Asia / Southeast Asia


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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge. A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history — the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror. Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. — and had passed their trauma to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia’s Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.

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"Brinkley cuts a clear narrative path through the bewildering, cynical politics and violent social life of one of the worlds most brutalized and hard-up countries."—Foreign Affairs, May/June 2011
"An excellent...account of a country whose historic poverty, exacerbated by the Vietnam War, remains remarkably unchanged."—Kirkus, February 15, 2011
"A riveting piece of literary reportage."—Publishers Weekly
"A heartbreaking but vital status report on a people who deserve far better."—Booklist
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