Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 241 pages
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This first-ever anthology of the war reporting and commentary of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg is drawn from more than four decades of reporting at home and abroad for the "New York Times, Newsday," the "Village Voice," and various magazines. The centerpiece of the collection is his signature work, The Death and Life of Dith Pran, which appeared in the "New York Times Magazine." This became the foundation of Roland Joffe s acclaimed film "The Killing Fields" (1984), which explored the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia during the late 1970s. Although Schanberg may be best known for his work on Cambodia, he also reported on the India-Pakistan war that ended Pakistan s brutal attempt to crush the Bangladesh freedom movement in the 1970s. His striking coverage of the Vietnam conflict recounts Hanoi s fierce offensive in 1972 that almost succeeded. Years later, citing official documents and other hard evidence that a large number of American POWs were never returned by Hanoi, Schanberg criticized the national press for ignoring these facts and called for Washington to release documents that had been covered up since 1973. As the media critic for the "Village Voice," Schanberg offered a unique and searing viewpoint on Iraq, which he called America s strangest war. His criticism of the Bush administration s secrecy brings his war reportage into the present and presents a vigorous critique of what he considers a devious and destructive presidency. "Beyond the Killing Fields" is an important work by one of America s foremost journalists."
 

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Selected articles from Pulitzer prize winning journalist Sydney Schanberg, particularly known for highlighting the atrocities and quite frankly shocking external political manipulations in Cambodia ... Read full review

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Brilliant Schanberg was a journalist for the New York Times covering the war in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took over the country. The Killing fields, as book & film, is a very powerful story of ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACEHOW I CAME TO KNOW WAR AND WHY THIS BOOK
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER ONECambodia an Unnecessary War
CHAPTER TWOThe Killing Fields
CHAPTER THREEEast Pakistan Fights to Become Independent Bangladesh
CHAPTER FOURVietnam 1972
A Military Coup
CHAPTER SIXThe CoverUp of US POWs Left Behind in Vietnam
CHAPTER SEVENThe Bush Doctrine in Iraq
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Sydney Hillel Schanberg was born on January 17, 1934 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He received a bachelor's degree in American history from Harvard University in 1955. He was drafted in 1956 and served as a reporter for an Army newspaper in Frankfurt. He joined The New York Times in 1959 as a copy boy and became a staff reporter in 1960, covering general assignments and government agencies. In 1964, he began covering the New York State Legislature, and in 1967, he was named Albany bureau chief, in charge of state government reporting. He joined The Times's foreign staff in 1969 and was named bureau chief in New Delhi. He covered India's 13-day war with Pakistan in 1971. He met Dith Pran in 1972, and as Schanberg's reporting from Vietnam and Cambodia grew, The Times hired Dith as his aide and translator. As the Southeast Asia correspondent from 1973 to 1975, Schanberg focused increasingly on the Khmer Rouge insurgency. He won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia's fall to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. In 1980, he wrote a cover article for The New York Times Magazine entitled The Death and Life of Dith Pran, which was the story of his Cambodian colleague's survival during the genocide. It was later published as a book and inspired the 1984 movie The Killing Fields. Schanberg was The Times's metropolitan editor from 1977 to 1980 and wrote a column focusing on New York from 1981 to 1985. It was discontinued after he criticized the Times's coverage of the proposed Westway highway in Manhattan. He left the paper after 26 years to write a column for New York Newsday. He also wrote articles for Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and The Nation and columns of media criticism for The Village Voice. Beyond the Killing Fields, an anthology of his reporting, was published in 2010. He also won two George Polk Memorial awards, two Overseas Press Club awards, and Sigma Delta Chi's distinguished journalism prize. He died following a heart attack on July 9, 2016 at the age of 82.

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