Cambodia's Curse

Cambodia's Curse

The Modern History of A Troubled Land

Book - 2011
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A generation after the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia shows every sign of having overcome its history - the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline. But under this façade lies a country still haunted by its years of terror.Joel Brinkley won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Cambodia on the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime that killed one quarter of the nation's population during its years in power. In 1992, the world came together to help pull the small nation out of the mire. Cambodia became a United Nations protectorate - the first and only time the UN tried something so ambitious. What did the new, democratically-elected government do with this unprecedented gift?In 2008 and 2009, Brinkley returned to Cambodia to find out. He discovered a population in the grip of a venal government. He learned that one-third to one-half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era have P.T.S.D. - and its afflictions are being passed 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.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586487874
Branch Call Number: 959.604/BRINKLEY
Characteristics: xix, 386 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 23, 2016

It is not hard to understand why Joel won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Cambodia after reading this book.
I read it because I was extremely interested in Cambodia since I am going there in January and hope to live there a long time teaching English to adults.
The chapters have a heavily detailed news journalism flavor like reading a news magazine series.
It is very long 384 pages.
It is good writing absolutley; but in book form the information tends to get just too heavy and it goes on and on and wears out the reader. I never would have finished it if not for my strong interest in the subject.
Joel is a great journalist but he doesn't know how to trim down his material to make a GREAT non-fiction book.
If you are not extermely interested in Cambodia like me you will likely get tired of this book before you can finish it.

Aug 01, 2011

corruption and neglect in a country where the people have suffered too much for too long


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