Cambodia's Curse (Paperback)

The Modern History of a Troubled Land

By Joel Brinkley

PublicAffairs, 9781610391832, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

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Hardcover (4/1/2011)

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Description

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes how Cambodia emerged from the harrowing years when a quarter of its population perished under the Khmer Rouge.

A generation after genocide, Cambodia seemed on the surface to have overcome its history -- the streets of Phnom Penh were paved; skyscrapers dotted the skyline. But under this façe lies a country still haunted by its years of terror.

Although the international community tried to rebuild Cambodia and introduce democracy in the 1990s, in the country remained in the grip of a venal government. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley learned that almost a half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era suffered from P.T.S.D. -- and had passed their trauma 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.


About the Author

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. Cambodia's Curse is his fifth book.


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

"Brinkley cuts a clear narrative path through the bewildering, cynical politics and violent social life of one of the worlds most brutalized and hard-up countries."—Foreign Affairs, May/June 2011

"An excellent...account of a country whose historic poverty, exacerbated by the Vietnam War, remains remarkably unchanged."—Kirkus, February 15, 2011

"A riveting piece of literary reportage."—Publishers Weekly

"A heartbreaking but vital status report on a people who deserve far better."—Booklist