Cambodia's Curse

Cambodia's Curse

The Modern History of A Troubled Land

eBook - 2011
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A generation after Pol Pot's regime killed one quarter of the nation's population, Cambodia shows every outward sign of having overcome its devastating history ђ́أ the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline. But behind this fa©ʹade lies a country still haunted by its years of terror.In 2008 and 2009, Joel Brinkley ђ́أ who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the fall of the Khmer Rouge ђ́أ returned to Cambodia. He discovered a population in the grip of a venal government. He learned that between one third and one half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and that 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 behaviour. This is a devastating and important look at Cambodia today.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781921870231
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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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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