Kiernan, Ben How Pol Pot Came to Power

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How Pol Pot Came to Power

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How did Pol Pot, a tyrant comparable to Hitler and Stalin in his brutality and contempt for human life, rise to power? This authoritative book explores what happened in Cambodia from 1930 to 1975, tracing the origins and trajectory of the Cambodian Communist movement and setting the ascension of Pol Pot's genocidal regime in the context of the conflict between colonialism and nationalism. A new preface bring this edition up to date.

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'Given the highly secretive nature of Pol Pot's activities, the precise circumstances and manoeuvres that propelled him to the top of the heap will perhaps never be known. But Kiernan has come impressively close to it. And he has presented it in a wide perspective, drawing interesting comparisons with communist movements in Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and India.' T. J. S. George, Asiaweek, 'Editor's Pick of the Month'; 'A rich, gruesome and compelling tale... fascinating, well-researched and measured... a model of judgement and scholarship.' Fred Halliday, New Statesman; 'Kiernan's capacity for dogged research on three continents, and his mastery of every ideological nuance are awe-inspiring.' Dervla Murphy, Irish Times; 'An immensely complex history... likely to be as nearly definitive an account as possible.' Philip Windsor, The Listener; 'A scholarly attempt to come to grips with the reality behind the images... a valuable addition to the literature of a difficult subject, by a scholar who has taken his task seriously.' R. B. Smith, Times Literary Supplement --Asiaweek, New Statesman, Irish Times, The Listener, TLS

'A rich, gruesome and compelling tale... fascinating, well-researched and measured... a model of judgement and scholarship.' --Fred Halliday, New Statesman

'Kiernan's capacity for dogged research on three continents, and his mastery of every ideological nuance are awe-inspiring.' --Dervla Murphy, Irish Times

About the Author:

Ben Kiernan is the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University and founding director of Yale's Cambodian Genocide Program and Genocide Studies Program (www yale.edu/gsp). His sequel, The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979, is published by Yale University Press.

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