When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge RevolutionPaperback
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- Publisher: PublicAffairs,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 632 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 208mm x 32mm | 762g
- Publication date: 9 November 1998
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1891620002
- ISBN 13: 9781891620003
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised edition
- Illustrations note: illustrations, portraits
- Sales rank: 126,733
Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker started covering Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington Post, when the country was perceived as little more than a footnote to the Vietnam War. Then, with the rise of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 came the closing of the border and a systematic reorganization of Cambodian society. Everyone was sent from the towns and cities to the countryside, where they were forced to labor endlessly in the fields. The intelligentsia were brutally exterminated, and torture, terror, and death became routine. Ultimately, almost two million peoplenearly a quarter of the populationwere killed in what was one of this centurys worst crimes against humanity. When the War Was Over is Elizabeth Beckers masterful account of the Cambodian nightmare. Encompassing the era of French colonialism and the revival of Cambodian nationalism; 1950s Paris, where Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot received his political education; the killing fields of Cambodia; government chambers in Washington, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh; and the death of Pol Pot in 1998; this is a book of epic vision and staggering power. Merging original historical research with the many voices of those who lived through the times and exclusive interviews with every Cambodian leader of the past quarter century, When the War Was Over illuminates the darkness of Cambodia with the intensity of a bolt of lightning.
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Elizabeth Becker, previously a correspondent for "The Washington Post, " is currently a reporter covering the Pentagon for "The New York Times."
Table of contents
Distant FollowersThe Birth of Modern CambodiaThe Path of BetrayalThe White CrocodileThe Ultimate RevolutionCambodias Reign of TerrorMost Respected and Beloved PartyThe Tiger and the CrocodileHabits of WarThe Silence EndsReturn to Phnom PenhThe War for CambodiaThe Prodigal PeaceEpilogue