Pol Pot

Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short

  • Published: Aug 29, 2020

"The text sparkles with shrewdly plausible inferences mortared into a compelling narrative . . .Short is excellent at coining pithy summations of political motives that ring humanly true."The New York Times Book Review (front page) Observing Pol... read more

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Details of Pol Pot

Exact title of the book
Pol Pot
Book author
Philip Short
ISBN
9780805080063
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
Jan 10, 2006
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
576
File size (in PDF)
5184 kB

Some brief overview of book

"The text sparkles with shrewdly plausible inferences mortared into a compelling narrative . . .

Short is excellent at coining pithy summations of political motives that ring humanly true."The New York Times Book Review (front page) Observing Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit he ever made abroad, to China in 1975, Philip Short was struck by the Cambodian leader's charm and charisma. Yet Pol Pot's utopian experiments in social engineering would result in the death of one in every five Cambodiansmore than a million people. How did an idealistic dream of justice and prosperity mutate into one of humanity's worst nightmares?

To answer these questions, Short traveled through Cambodia, interviewing former Khmer Rouge leaders and sifting through previously closed archives around the world. Key figures, including Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Pol's brother-in-law and foreign minister, speak here for the first time. Short's masterly narrative serves as the definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times.

"Short chronicles the stages of the Cambodian revolution with admirable clarity . . .

A few chilling details, expertly deployed, do the necessary work." The New York Times "A spectacularly efficient job of describing what happened and why . . .

A chillingly clear portrait." The Economist

About author

Short has been a foreign correspondent for The Times (London), The Economist, and the BBC in Uganda, Moscow, China, and Washington, D. C. He is the author of the definitive biography of Mao Tse-tung, and lived in China and Cambodia in the 1970s and early 1980s, where he has returned regularly ever since.

He now lives in southern France.

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