Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot (Google eBook)

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Westview Press, Mar 5, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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In Cambodia's recent, tragic past, no figure looms larger or more ominously than that of Pol Pot. Yet information about his life and career is largely inaccessible. In this first book-length study of the man, the historian David P. Chandler casts light on the shadowy figure of Pol Pot, illuminating the ideas and behavior of this enigmatic man and his entourage against the background of post-World War II events, providing a key to understanding this horrific, pivotal period of Cambodian history. In this revised edition, Chandler provides new information on the state of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge following the death of Pol Pot in 1997.
  

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Although very well researched and written , it was very dry and without any opinions at all. In one way, it was surprising , that written by an American in a government position , it wasn't all ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
2
Original Khmer 19281949 Who Was Pol Pot?
8
Palace Connections
9
Phnom Penh in the 1930s
10
The Weight of the Past
13
The Stirrings of Nationalism
16
Moving to Kompong Cham
18
Back in Phnom Penh
22
Inventing Democratic Kampuchea
108
The Emergence of Pol Pot
111
Prairie Fire 19761977
114
The Four Year Plan
115
The Crisis of SeptemberOctober 1976
123
Purges in Democratic Kampuchea 19751977
124
Purging Friends
128
Pol Pot and the Microbes
130

Working for the Democrats
23
Becoming a Communist 19491953 The First Year in Paris
26
Political Developments in Cambodia 19501951
30
Turning to the Left
32
Becoming a Communist
38
Multiple Identities 19531963 Joining the Viet Minh
42
Geneva and the 1955 Elections
44
Becoming a Teacher
50
A Militant for the Party
54
Focusing the Party
56
A Cambodian Party Takes Shape
60
The Death of Tou Samouth
61
Talking to Monks and Students
62
Red Khmer 19631970
66
A Hostage of the Vietnamese
68
The Visit to Vietnam
70
The Visit to China
72
The Samlaut Uprising
78
Armed Struggle 19681970
81
Sihanouk Loses His Grip
83
Saloth Sar Travels North
84
Coming to Power 19701976
88
Saloth Sar Comes Home
89
The National Democratic Revolution
92
From CeaseFire to Bombardment
95
The Only Game in Town
96
Preparing the Final Assault
100
The Final Assault
103
Saloth Sar Returns to Phnom Penh
105
Punishing the Intelligentsia
131
Personal Details
133
War with Vietnam
134
Coming into the Open
136
Coming Apart 19771979 Pol Pot in China and North Korea
138
Cambodias War with Vietnam
139
The War Begins
143
Opening Up
145
Attacking Enemies
147
A Cult of Personality?
149
Pol Pot on Display
154
Grandfather 87 19791998
158
The Discovery of Democratic Kampucheas History
160
Concealing Democratic Kampuchea
162
Repentant Optimist 19791981
163
Dropping Out of Sight 19811986
165
Summing Up for the Defense
166
Solving the Cambodian Problem 19861991
171
The UNTAC Period
174
Grandfather 87
175
The Implosion of the Red Khmer 19941998
179
Chronology
190
Non Suons Biography of Pol Pot
198
Khmer Personnel at Office 100 19631966
202
Notes
204
Bibliographic Essay
244
Index
250
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About the author (1999)

David Chandler, an emeritus professor of history at Monash University in Australia, is currently an adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University.

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