The Pol Pot Regime - Kiernan, Ben - Yale University Press
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The Pol Pot Regime

Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975–79; Second Edition

  • Ben Kiernan
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What was the nature of the regime that turned Cambodia into grisly killing fields and murdered or starved to death 1.7 million of the country’s eight million inhabitants? In this riveting book, the first definitive account of the Khmer Rouge revolution, a world renowned authority on Cambodia shows how an ideological preoccupation with racist and totalitarian policies led a group of intellectuals to impose genocide on their own country. This edition includes a new preface recounting the fatal disintegration of the Khmer Rouge army, the death of Pol Pot, the United Nations’ foray into the struggle to bring his surviving accomplices to justice, and the damning new evidence they could face. 

“A deeply detailed, meticulously reported history. . . . Important [and] valuable.”—Sydney H. Schanberg, Nation 

“One of the most important contributions to the subject so far.”—R. B. Smith, Asian Affairs 

“This is not the first account of Pol Pot’s terror. . . . But Mr. Kiernan’s is perhaps the most complete and the closest to Cambodian sources.”—Economist

Ben Kiernan is the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History, professor of international and area studies, and the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University (www.yale.edu/gsp). Other books by the author include, Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur and How Pol Pot Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism in Cambodia, 1930–1975, published by Yale University Press.