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

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PublicAffairs, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 417 pages
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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.


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Review: Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

If I had read this book before visiting Cambodia, I probably wouldn't have gone. Brinkley depicts a lawless society in which international non-governmental organizations enable corruption and shore up ... Read full review

Review: Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Sad but true. There is much I want to write but can't because I go back there every year. The UN, the nations who donate vast sums of aid money and many of the aid industry players have a lot to ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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. This is his fifth book.