Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Joel Brinkley, a professor of journalism at Stanford University, is a twenty-three-year veteran of the New York Times. He has worked in more than fifty nations and writes a nationally syndicated op-ed column on foreign policy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980 and was twice a finalist for an investigative reporting Pulitzer in the following years. Cambodia's Curse is his fifth book.

Praise For…

"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."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781610391832
ISBN-10: 1610391837
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: September 4th, 2012
Pages: 416
Language: English