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Description - How Pol Pot Came to Power by Ben Kiernan

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.

Praise for the first edition:
?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. . . . Incisive.??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]]>

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300102628
ISBN-10: 0300102623
Format: Paperback / softback
(209mm x 141mm x 33mm)
Pages: 430
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ben Kiernan

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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