When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge by Elizabeth Becker

By Elizabeth Becker

Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker begun protecting Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington put up, while the rustic used to be 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. everybody was once despatched from the cities and towns to the nation-state, the place they have been pressured to exertions forever within the fields. The intelligentsia have been brutally exterminated, and torture, terror, and dying turned regimen. eventually, nearly million people—nearly 1 / 4 of the population—were killed in what used to be certainly one of this century's worst crimes opposed to humanity.When the battle 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; Fifties Paris, the place Khmer Rouge chief Pol Pot acquired his political schooling; the killing fields of Cambodia; executive chambers in Washington, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh; and the loss of life of Pol Pot in 1998; this can be a booklet of epic imaginative and prescient and fabulous energy. Merging unique historic study with the numerous voices of these who lived in the course of the instances and particular interviews with each Cambodian chief of the previous area century, while the battle was once Over illuminates the darkness of Cambodia with the depth of a bolt of lightning.

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35 34 GWAPS RAND's Project AIR FORCE conducted a similar parallel analysis during the summer of 1990 that further sensitized Air Force leadership to the relevant requirements and capabilities associated with the defense of the Gulf. 33 duction and pricing policies. The next day, Saddam Hussein threatened the use of force to resolve these grievances. S. 36 different observers in different ways. the indications available painted an ambiguous picture that was interpreted by quent events. But the course of those events was uncertain before the fact, and The massing of Iraqi forces near the Kuwait border in July foreshadowed subse­ will return to this subject in the next chapter when we examine the force de­ ployment.

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